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You could go smaller with your requests. You could consider the Precision, Catalina, Hunter, Beneteau, Com-Pac, West Wight Potter 19, just to name a few. Price-wise, Catalina/Hunter/Beneteau would probably fit your budget. But some people might not like Catalina/Hunter/Beneteau.

In terms of simple rigging, you could think about cat boat rigging, such as the Com-Pac cat boats, or Nonsuch. Though if you had lines led aft in the typical rigging, then that'd be simple enough to do as well.
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Might want to define "open water" a bit better.
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Hey there Bakeapple !

Greetings from an expat Haligonian. The best place to look right now is in the US. The next best is here in Ontario. Last place I'd try is the Maritimes. Hard to find deals there, as the boats are better maintained and there are not as many of them.

I would look for:

Alberg 22
Cape Dory
Paceship
Bristol
Hinterhoeller - SHARK
Cal
Com Pac
Rhodes
O'Day
Catalina
Ontario Yachts - VIKING 28

Good Luck. Let us know what happens.
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Might want to define "open water" a bit better.
He's in Nova Scotia - the Atlantic Ocean - just a hop, skip and a jump to Sable Island !
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Sable Island and hopping around the Atlantic takes a bit more than a daysailer.

However, there are a lot of small boats that would be well suited to what he's doing. A Tartan 27, Cape Dories of various sizes, C&C of various sizes, Cal 25/27, Rhodes Meridian, etc... It would help a lot if the OP mentioned what his budget was... since that is going to determine which are affordable and which are not.
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He has about 4K. Makes things a tad difficult, but on the other hand, he is not going into debt.
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I'd look at Com-Pac and Precision. You might find a nice older Cal in that range also.
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thanks for the input , guys ... it's much appreciated ...

As sailormann said, I'm working with about 4k of budget right now and I don't really want to flex that too much. After this discussion, I think I may be being very unrealistic trying to jam all the features I want in the my first boat and I should be lookin at my needs as opposed to wants. I'll worry about the open water and all that down the road after I have a couple of years experience and I will be better able to figure it all out.

So, I guess a daysailer it is. I'm really looking for something that's good to learn on, forgiving, and has a sheltered cabin if I ever wanted to sleep in it. I've read that some people just get a "boom tent" ( I'm not sure if that is the correct word ) to expand their covered area a little bit when anchored and camping.

I've been looking at a pacewind bluejacket, anyone have any opinions on that particular boat?
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I'd look at Com-Pac and Precision. You might find a nice older Cal in that range also.
I have been looking at the compac but I'm trying to buy locally ( within the province ) ... the market is a bit thin around here for sailboats.
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"I've been looking at a pacewind bluejacket, anyone have any opinions on that particular boat?"

The Paceship is a nice looking C&C design which was also built by Ontario Yachts (as the Viking 22). It's pretty much a daysailor with a very small cabin. For your stated purpose, I would also take a look at something like a Tanzer 22 or Mirage 24. You might also try sending a PM to Mike Hoyt on Sailnet. He's in Nova Scotia and may be able to more directly assist you.
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