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1990s Coastal Cruisers vs. Mid 70s Bluewater Boats

I started a thread about a month ago asking for opinions on some mid 70s bluewater cruisers, Cabo Rico, Tayana37, etc.

My budget then was about 50K. But then I saw a 1980 Valiant 40 on yachtworld for 85K and decided maybe I could stretch my budget.

Then I thought if I'm spending that much what else can I find and I now see some very nice early 1990s boats in that price range with some great interiors that look much better than the 70s boats and the Valiant but they are mostly considered coastal cruisers, like Morgans, Catalinas, Pearsons, Irwins, etc.

So the question is would the 1990's boats be a smarter buy even though they aren't as heavy duty as the 70s boats I was considering?

I know it's the sailor more than the boat. But please put that aside in offering your opinions.

My goal is to sail coastally for a year a two then set out to more adventereous trans ocean destinations.
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