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Wow, you all have been amazingly helpful, I've got a lot of boats to look into now.
JRP, I'm definitely going to pay a visit to Arey's Pond Boatyard, as their stuff looks gorgeous on the web site, and it's right in my 'hood.
Hriehl1, thanks for the ideas. I searched for the Rhodes 19, and I have to say that is a really sweet looking craft, I could picture that working out great. Will have to do more research on that one...
I've since identified a Scot for real cheap and in my original pricerange, but has "some delamination" in the glass (don't know were or how much) which the owner says he drilled and determined that was without any moisture at all in the core. He says it's only a cosmetic problem and doesn't need to be fixed for structural reasons. I don't know nothin' about fiberglass or fixing boats, but that doesn't sound right to me...delamination means water will get in, and that eventually means rot, right? I assume that kind of thing MUST be fixed. He also painted the darn boat pink, which I guess I'd have to get comfortable with... I found a second Scot which is a refurbished model, so it supposedly comes "like new" and with a warranty, and in more manly colors...thus I'll be sailing rather than replacing balsa core and reglassing, but I can tell from your posts and following up your suggestions that spending $10-12K is probably excessive for my needs. And I agree with all these posts, I need to reconcile plans for sailing protected bays on warm days in an open boat vs likelihood of venturing out, getting soaked, and making the family unhappy. I will certainly check out the cat boats and the other models suggested here. Thanks for the great input... will continue to check the forum and keep you informed...