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How many people are going to be on the boat? What sort of creature comforts do you want / need?
For example, if it's just you or you and one other person, then a boat around 27' would be a good size. Big enough to have an inboard diesel and wheel steering (if that is important to you), a real marine head, decent galley, standing room below, etc. And small enough to single hand easily, dock by yourself, afford decent sails, etc.
Some good boats in that size include Catalina, Beneteau, Sabre, Tartan, Newport, C&C, and a few others.
If you need more space you'll have to move up to a 30' boat, but everything gets way more expensive.
Lastly, IMHO, you can't get a decent '34 or bigger boat for that money, but 30' or less should be fine.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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