I apologize if this question has popped up a thousand times, I hope this has a different spin that justifies the new thread. I have posted a few questions before. This time I am seriously considering making the move towards sailboat ownership.
Unfortunately I work full time and don't have much time left in the day to make a thorough research on the subject, so I usually end up going by recommendation and rely on other people's experience. Besides the few people I am talking outside this forum, I would like to get some of your opinions too.
I am looking to start sailing again, this time owning a boat myself. Very likely at Lake Erie, looking for these specific items:
a) relatively easy to sell in case of relocation
b) more performance than cruising (80%,20%), but probably will never race
c) must have a head (wife requirements)
d) able to spend a weekend on it (just sleep, shelter, eat)
I read good things about Pearsons 31' & 33' ('74 and '78 on YW) and of course I heard good things about J's (a couple of J-30's in the area). Budget is $25k for purchase, have extra $ for maintenance and repairs.
Since a) is the main driving force and I don't have much experience on the sailboat market, I would appreciate if anyone can give any advice on this. Not expecting the perfect boat that fits all 4, but willing to make compromises. I would like to make the move before the summer comes and the year is over... once you start researching, you could easily spend a year just looking!
Experience level: beginner/intermediate, me and the wife (1.5 person crew).