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35-40 cruising boat
I was fortunate enough to find an experienced broker who had several years of offshore experience under his belt. I would strongly suggest that you find someone whose cruising style, destination, and budget mirrors your won. As for my choice, I ended up with a Pacific Seacraft Crealock 37, and was very happy with it. I can''t speak to the Bristol, Dickerson, Sabre, or Little Harbor, but I have a stong opinion on the others that you are looking at. If you can get past how spacious the Island Packet seems sitting on the hard at a boat show, and speak to some experienced skippers, you will probably find a generally unfavorable opinion of what many of us call the "Island Piglet." It has some serious sailing and construction limitations that would keep me from sailing one in offshore waters. Most Passport owners (in fact most Perry design owners) are very loyal to their boats - I just happen to have different ideas on water tank placement, materials, etc. That said, and speaking as one of the many Crealock-loyal patrons, you should take a look at the Pacific Seacraft line. Nigel Calder and Herb Payson booth chose that brand, and they are certainly more experienced than me. I bought mine 6 years ago for around $100K, added solar and wind generators, new cushions, water maker, and all of the other things that were needed to satisfy a non-cruising wife (and 2 golden retreivers), and ended up investing a total of $120K. The boat held its value after the cruise, and kept me, an inexperienced skipper at the time, out of trouble.
Good luck in your own search - its part of the fun!