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I currently sail a Santana 35 on the Potomac River. It is my first boat, and has been a good, but I find that I don't need a boat that big. I day sail exclusively, three to four hours at a time, with no over nighters or cruising.
I'm thinking of moving down to a small daysailor for all of the obvious reasons (less cost, less maintenance, less slip fees, etc.) and I would appreciate some advice on the subject. I don't think that I want a dinghy because I don't want to work that hard at it. I think I would really prefer a small keel boat such as a J22, a J27, or a Colgate 26. What else is out there that might fit in this category? J80? Harbor 20? I also would like to hear about any relatively stable smaller boats, such as the Vanguard Nomad. Budget is about $30K, which is what I think I can get for the Santana.