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Pearson 35 - Offshore??
To properly give you a better sense of direction here, it would be helpful to understand more about your abilities and your goals for this boat. You have already mentioned doing a Transatlantic passage in whatever boat you buy. In rough terms this involves putting the equivilent of 5 to 10 years of normal sailing miles on a coastal boat without little or none of the maintenance that would normally take place in between. I don''t recall that you have mentioned how many of you will be aboard but that also affects the equation.
A $40,000 budget is a very tight budget for an offshore capable boat with more room than a Pacific Seacraft 27 Orion and the Shannon 28c. Even if you can find an offshore capable design in that size and price range, it is not likely to be in offshore capable condition by which I mean, that you will need to put a fair amount of labor, materials and equipment aboard to prepare the boat for that kind of passage.
The problem is further complicated by your draft restriction. Most boats that are truely designed for rigourous offshore useage are also designed with moderately deep keels. From a motion comfort and seaworthiness standpoint, a deeper draft is a very helpful thing. You would expect that ideally an offshore capable boats in the mid-30 foot would draw a minimum of 5 feet with 5''-6" being a more ideal minimum unless the boat has a centerboard.
There are boats that come close to what you are looking for in a wide range of sizes. For example one of my favorite budget 40 footers is the Hughes 80/20 and there is one for sale in Virginia within your price range but It is a little deeper than your maximum and I can only assume that this boat needs some work to make it offshore capable.
http://yachtworld.com/core/listing/pl_boat_full_detail.jsp?slim=quick&boat_id=1199679 &units=Feet¤cy=USD&access=Public&listing_id= 1636&url=
There are a whole range of reasonable posibilities but most like the early 1980''s Hunter 37 cutter are too deep a draft and would likely require a lot of updating and corrections of deferred maintenance items to to be prepared for what you are proposing. There are somewhat dated boats like the Allied Seawinds and Allied Princess 36 that you might be able to find in your price and draft range but again they would likely require a lot of updating and corrections of deferred maintenance items at that price.
While slightly on the lightly engineered side of the equation, and with perhaps too much cockpit, there are boats like the Bristol 35, Cal 36 or Columbia 36 but again they exceed your depth requirements. There are also a whole bunch of boats that would work if it were not for your draft restrictions such as the Bristol (Corinthian) 34, Halberg-Rassey Rasmus 35 (except for draft in the standard depth model, a very good choice if you can find one with an aluminum mast and without teak decks), Heritage West Indies 36, Pearson 36 (early 1970''s), Pearson 365 (mid 1970''s), early Sabre 34, Yorktown 34.
So I am not exactly sure what to tell you except that I need to get going this morning.