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My thought would be one of the last Ericson sailboats made by Pacafic Seacraft. Built like a truck, quality construction, etc. Check cout Yachtworld and search for a 38' Pacific Seacraft Ericson 380 Offshore. they have a nice one for 180K. Meets your criteria nicley.

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I actually just read the details about a 1998 Ericson 380 located In St. Petersburg, FL and this boat is clean.
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Another locally built boat that may fit the bill is a Sceptre 41/43. The 43 is a open transom version of the 41.. no longer built, the last was a custom job in 2005, but several 41s around.. at least one of which has done several circumnavigations including ice-to-ice.

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Here's a few possible bluewater options to consider in the ~40 foot range and less than $200k:

TaShiba 40
Panda 38/40
Halberg Rassy 38/42
Swan 39-44
Lafitte 44
I'd go for the Hallberg Rassy - no doubt. If you're not going the performance route that is...
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My thought would be one of the last Ericson sailboats made by Pacafic Seacraft. Built like a truck, quality construction, etc. Check cout Yachtworld and search for a 38' Pacific Seacraft Ericson 380 Offshore. they have a nice one for 180K. Meets your criteria nicley.

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Poster "SV Escape Plan" has his Ericson 38-200 for sale in Annapolis - while it is a pre-Pacific Seacraft boat, it is in exceptional condition - I looked at the boat last year.
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Nemier,
....Jeff mentioned the Farr 44 and the J44....I think I'm right in saying that both are fractional rig.
The Farr 44 has a fractional rig,
although I know of one that was built with a pilot house
and a masthead rig.
The J 44 is masthead rigged, but does have a moderately
short 'J' and very long boom.
A J 44 would be at lot of boat to handle for a couple,
unless they are fairly athletic. a J 40 would fit the bill
nicely.
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There is no such a thing as the perfect 40 offshore boat. All boats are some sort of compromise, but I think your wife is going to love this one:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1998/Dehler-41-Deck-Saloon---Updated-2009-2040985/Hilton-Head/SC/United-States

It seems in good condition and updated. The boat is relatively fast, has oceangoing capacities, it's well built and has a self taking jib.

But only you and your wife can decide what is the compromise that suits your needs.
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I love the Dehler 41DS and had seriously considered making an offer on that one at Hilton Head Island. Had it checked out by a good natured soul (thanks again Hog) but to my mind it fell down in a number of areas.

From my perspective the turbo diesel and shoal draft were the killers. Had it not been turbo I may well have forgiven the shallow draft. She also has air con which I don't need or want but that can always be ripped out.

edit...and replaced by heating.

ps - Fast...that Spectre 41DS is a good looking boat isn't it ? Expensive sucker though.
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There are many brands to choose including Fuji, which in the ketch configuration is quite pleasant to singlehand...
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The Farr 44 has a fractional rig,
although I know of one that was built with a pilot house
and a masthead rig.
The J 44 is masthead rigged, but does have a moderately
short 'J' and very long boom.
A J 44 would be at lot of boat to handle for a couple,
unless they are fairly athletic. a J 40 would fit the bill
nicely.
It's probably just ignorance - but I don't trust the keels on the J-boats. There have been to many stories of problems. I love the boats - I'm just sayin'.
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As a bit of a fan of Bob Perry's work I'd have to say the Norseman (40 or 447) and Passport (40 or 41) are favourites of mine.

edit - maybe the Norsemans are outside you budget though.
You know - the more I see of Perry's designs - the more I really appreciate his talent. As a recovering architect - I really appreciate his attention to detail and his ability to create a clear sense of quality with the interiors.
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