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Considering you have been racing J-Boat's, there are many at least here in the puget sound basin, older J's is J24's, 29 and 30's with in your budget. The 24's easily under 10G with a trailer, and a few 30's for 15-20K depending upon how hard they have been run and stored wet if you will. 29's are fewer and harder to come by. Altho the better sailer tween the 30 and 29 from what I have heard.
An older C&C would be nice too, I have always liked that brand, if I could afford new today, it would be a 115. If you keep your options open, there are many 25-30' boats from teh 70's into the 80's that are really nice boats. A lot on here do not like Jeanneau's I found an Orig owner 1985 Arcadia 2 yrs ago, very nice boat, reasonably fast etc. Not a J boat by any means, but will keep up with equal time frame sized C&C's etc.
Good luck with your search