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Walt, in initial post buried, he mentioned a Cat was more money than he wanted to spend.
To OP, if you can up the budget from 50K to 100K or a skoosh more, ie 110-120K, you will find many 2 cabin shoal draft boats up and own the east coast, and drop to 34', there are a number of older Jeanneau's that will work for you. On the west coast where I am, probably 1 in 5 or 10 boats will be a shoal draft, most will be the std 5-6' draft, with more than shoal being the DEEP draft in the 6.5-7.5 range. Here in Puget sound where I am, there is NO reason for a shoal draft boat. Unlike on the east coast where you are. ALtho the local does have an SO35 shoal 2cabin, but a bit over $100K.
If shooting for under 50K, look at Hunters, they seem to come std with shoal drafts, ie under 5'. ALong with some of the older Catalina's. You may very well have to wait, search weekly etc on yachtworld.
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