Originally Posted by LauderBoy
I think a lot of the boats mentioned are way overkill for a Bahamas trip. For a $15-20k budget I'd buy an in good condition Catalina 27 for around 5-7k and spend 10k on making sure the engine, anchoring, sails and rigging were in great shape.
Those little 27's are everywhere. Really cheap, easy to sail, nice little rugged boats, and give you enough money left over for some refits and professional maintenance.
Catalina 27 is a tough little boat. It has some features I like, and some that I don't. If the previous owners took good care of them they can make a good choice.
In the end I'm sure it will all boil down to making a list of boats that are both suitable and available, and trying to score the best deal possible on one of them. I would like to have enough money left for improvements and outfitting. Sometimes these costs can be a lot more than the initial boat price.