Ok, you'll probably all get a kick out of this posting, but after discovering this thread I pretty much had to become a member and high-jack jgbrown's thread.
Firstly, I own a Luna 24' that's been a great weekend boat for me for the past 7 years. I just got space at Burrard Civic Marina, and also just clipped my keel leaving Silva Bay two weeks ago :S Embarrassing to say the least, because I know better, but the damage isn't too bad. The boat is out of the water getting the keel rebedded at Strait Marine in Steveston. Jgbrown, if you need a place to tie up for a week or two in False Creek you may be able to have my slip until my boat's out of the yard. I'll check with the Marina tomorrow. Maybe fire me a pm with some contact info.
Second part of my message, and the reason I found this thread in the first place... I went and looked at that 34' Pilothouse that was mentioned. I'm a naval architect/mech engineer and would love to own an aluminum boat, and since I'm looking for a pilothouse... it fit the bill. The asking price was also certainly attractive. Unfortunately, the rig was bent above the spreaders, and the sails looked like they'd be on the boat since '85. I replaced the mast on my boat 6 years ago after one of my lower shrouds pulled out at the swage (corrosion). It was not cheap. So that pretty much killed the deal for me. The seller sent me an email today letting me know that an offer was accepted pending subjects, so I hope the new owners are factoring in the cost of dealing with an old bent spar and some tired sails...
Funny enough, I also looked at a Cooper 353 this weekend and am considering an Alberg 30 that my coworker is selling for a song. I'm not convinced that the Alberg is roomy enough, but I do like the reputation they have for being fully-capable blue-water boats. The Cooper is a bit out of my price range.
I like sailing my Luna a lot, but we're just starting to think about going cruising next summer for 1-3 months (North), and she is not going to cut it. I'm just starting to look around, but for cruising this coast (in the rain!), the attraction of a pilothouse is significant. If we head out cruising, it's quite likely we'd have another couple onboard for at least some parts of the trip. So to high-jack Jgbrown's post entirely (I can do that to him, in exchange for a slip right?), here's what I'm looking for:
Strong sail inventory
Probably a pilothouse
Probably a full keel
Would favour a metal boat
Would favour a boat that has more of a commercial boat level of exterior finish rather than a pristine yacht shine (a major plus for the 34' pilothouse above)
I'll consider anything that comes up, and will actually favour the ones that have a lower price and 'some work required' as long as fiberglass work and sanding aren't involved. I repainted the topsides on my Luna last year, and while it looks splendid, I'm not interested in ever doing that kind of work again
But replacing a rig or an engine isn't a deal-breaker for me if the price reflects that. I promise to keep as composed as Jgbrown was.