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Is looking in Florida an option? A lot of boats follow their owners there in retirement, and end up filling the back lots in boat yards. Sometimes owners are willing to take a low offer just to get rid of the storage fees.
This type of boat has been neglected. You'll need to educate yourself on the difference between a sound boat that's just dirty, and a lost cause. There are some books on how to survey boats yourself, such as Don Casey's "Inspecting the Aging Sailboat". His "This Old Boat" book is also really good.
If you can do the preliminary inspection yourself, you can eliminate the junk and just hire a surveyor when a good prospect comes around.
Oh, and ditto on the advice not to buy a boat you haven't seen. I looked at one a few years ago that was advertised with a rebuilt engine. Someone had emptied a can of spray paint on the engine covering the rust, oil and dirt. That's what they advertised as a "rebuild".