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Wow! I'm humbled by the replies. Seems I've struck a chord...
Alright so how about this: Forget ocean going for a moment-- A suitable boat for sailing in SF bay (strong wind, good chop, challenging by most standards) No bigger than 30ish feet with providing living (albeit tight) accomodations for two.The simpler the better. budget max 15k.
Albin Vega are on the list.
Now, how about Cheoy Lee 27' offshore cadet or a frisco flyer. Can be had in my price range-- plentiful on the west coast, modeled off of the folkboat with more headroom, fiberglass with plenty of brightwork to soothe the soul, leagally trailerable (7.5' beam for the cadet and I think the same for the frisco flyer), and and the cadet has 1.5' longer than the folkboat and has 2' on the frisco flyer. Good resale value from what I can tell.
I beg to differ on the claim that an 30', bilge keel 6' cruiser for 15k or less doesn't exist-- the Westerly Centaur is an example of such a boat with plenty of ocean crossings under its belt. Certainly they usually run closer to 20k but as JagsBch points out, there are steals to be had. I believe there are a few on yachtworld currently.