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Just watch those Tiawanese double enders. I've got one, a Union 36, and still like it, but watch the TANKS!!!! and the leaking teak decks.
Look long and hard at what is in the deck core too. Beware also the quality of the internal ply. Mine is not really water proof, or even near so.
They are reasonable ships, with good gear, classy lines, but they can surprise you with the most shocking build short-cuts imaginable.
Someone welded my stainless tanks with wire welding rods. Can you imagine fixing that one? I had to do more than imagine it.
Check the stern tube bedding material too. I would have strangled the yard foreman if he'd been around, 15 years later.
Find a good one.
I suspect you'll like it if you do.
I once looked at a DownEaster 38, and liked the build quailty. Not as pretty, but you can't have everything.