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If you want to spend a $million, look at Morris, Hinkley, shannon to name a few that will be as nice as you want. If you want to be in the mid $200-400K range, jeanneau, Beneteau, Catalina would be on my lower cost list. Hunter is another, altho not one I like, nor do I really like the newest I series Jeanneau's or the Oceanus bene's. I do like the old Sunfast Jeanneau's or First series Bene's.
On the other hand, Cam, one of the modes on here, has a very nice Tayana for sale, not my style of boat, but another style of boat that will go anywhere, where as the brands I listed, will go most if not any where, but are lower on the quality list etc.
In the middle, you will find Sabre, J-boat, Hanse, Dehler, baveria, swan, C&C, Grand Soleil, Tarten, altho last two seem to have some quality control issues, some real and some not if one asks me! These are more middle to upper cost production lines.
You may want to start looking at the boat reviews on here, or Cruising worlds back yrs of Boat of the Year winners. Europe has an equal, altho not sure what mag(s) print the European awards.
All brands have faults, all are good, depends upon what you really want in a boat! I personally like racer cruisers, most on here seem to like cruisers.......take your pick!
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!