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Catalina Capri 30
The Capri 30 is a reasonably good choice as a club level PHRF racer. The Capri 30, like most late 1970''s early 1980''s era MORC boats, were boats that sailed well in a wide range of windspeeds and seastates. For a race boat, these boats were forgiving and reasonably easy to sail well in a wide range of conditions.
One word of caution on the Capri. These boats were not built all that well. The boats that have been raced hard have had to be beefed up or rebuilt. At the heart of it these were lightly built boats with mediocre engineering that were often raced very hard and now they are 25 or so years old. Some of these boats have been well maintained and upgraded making them a great choice, but others are absolutely beat to death and would require a whole lot of time and money to put back together.
Other similarly priced good choices in that size range would include the J-29, J-30, Kirby 30, Laser 28, S2 9.1, and Santana Wavelength 30. In some ways the Capri 25 might be a better choice if your only goal is club level PHRF racing.
One other point here, boats like these are heavily dependent on a really good sail inventory. Mainsails, Genoas and spinackers last two or three seasons of hard racing at the most and Blades maybe last 4 seasons. Genoas and blades should be radially cut or 3DL kevlar. An updated sail inventory for a boat like these can easily cost half as much as the boat is worth.