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You might check the thread on this site about the Coronado 25. Kinda sums up my opinion on them. Back in the 80's when I was upgrading from a daysailor to a small cruiser, I spent a lot of time looking at a bunch of 70's sailboats with no real clue as to their reputations. I crawled all over Bristols, Catalinas, Kittiwakes, Hunters, Grampians, Coronados and more.
With so many to look at in our local yard, it was pretty easy to figure out which ones were built for the long haul. I couldn't get off the Coronado fast enough. Particularly, the deck seemed like a trampoline...coulda been just that boat, but there was nothing about the boat that impressed me as being other than the least it could be.
I ended up with a 1972 Grampian 26 that I sailed for the next decade...night and day different in build quality as compared to the Coronado.
That isn't to say people don't find happiness even on McGregors, but when you figure all the time you'll spend on your boat, and all the labor and
$'s you WILL put into it, it seems like a you'd want a boat you KNOW is built reasonably stout. There are so many good boats out there for not a lot of loot.
As you know, this site will likely give you all the info you need on this subject. Also, if you're planning on having your potential boat surveyed, you might locate a good surveyor in advance and bounce a few ideas off him. A good one knows their boats, and the boats in your area. They also have a handle on values.