Thanks for the suggestions Sailoneroad and Raindog. I'll look into it. I think light air performance is going to be the clincher on any of these, so the Ericson could work out.
Joebigsky, you saved me a ton of time. I checked out the Express and thought the starboard side deck was probably delaminated, but I didn't know about the other issues. I was thinking 55k for that one if it was without issues, but man, 70k of work still to go?!? You also saved me the trouble of going down to Cali to check out Mar Caballo. It sure looks nice in the ad with the new standing rigging and engine, not to mention the sails. I also agree about the ridiculous price on the J35c. I haven't even looked at it for that reason... I mean they aren't even in the right time zone on that price. (To be fair, it does look like they have done some neat stuff with solar panels, etc).
On the subject of price, it seems like the Seattle boats are relatively more expensive than the east coasters, BC, and some of the California boats... is that just my bias, or have other folks noticed this?
Would you recommend any surveyors you have come across?
As for the boat share, it certainly is something to consider, but logistically it probably would be hard (I walk to the marina in Gig Harbor from my house and you'd probably want to keep it close to your marina in Seattle). If we split one, we could get a sweet little J 109.
By the way, the racing up at Whidbey Island today looked like a hell of a lot of fun. Looking at boats after watching that is going to be like going to the grocery store after you haven't eaten all day and standing in the cookie isle.
Thanks again for the help.