Catalina 42 ... Why not?
Mmm, well this surely brings many boats in range. If ocean crossing is your game then they're many slightly older heavy built cruisers easily in budget. In today's market you could have change left over from your budget even after upgrades. A friend of mine has a Catalina 42 and recently has a problem with corroded keel bolts. He really uses his boat a few times a week out here in So Cal and corrosion is showing itself at the hull/ keel intersection. However he really loves his boat and it is perfect for Channel Island cruising with the occasional rough channel crossing.
Hans Christian '38 Telstar