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John, if your ''cruising'' boat use consists of short coastal/inshore cruising, it seems to me the market abounds in choices for you.
"I have checked the Yamaha listed above. Very few on the market. They do look like quality boats. Any others?"
Personally, I would not recommed a Yamaha. I don''t think they''re well known (not known at all in some sailing venues within the U.S.), I find their styling to be odd and quirky (remember now, this is my ''personal'' view), and I think you''d have a hard time selling it at a later date (an issue that should never be overlooked by any of us when purchasing).
You''d need to offer up the size (boat and crew), sailing grounds and price category in order for anyone''s comments to be truly useful. But speaking generally, it strikes me you are the kind of sailor who best benefits by the big volumne, efficient assembly line, widely marketed and generally capable product lines out there: Catalina, Beneteau, et al. Seems like that would offer you the best ''full package'' value pricing, you should find a size that exactly fits either your needs or (hopefully, and...) your budget, and resale should be more straightforward when that day arrives.
Another factor to consider, falling back on our car analogy, is that boat brokers are essentially car salesmen these days. Rarely do I hear of a buyer, of a new or old boat, who enjoys an ongoing, supportive relationship with his/her broker once the warranty period is past. I have some really dear memories of my wife and I, well after we''d begun cruising our first boat, finding ourselves in the broker''s office on the waterfront, chatting with other customers, kibitzing with the broker but also being coached in helpful ways, and generally finding we''d been adopted into a family when we thought we were just buying a boat. Those days seem long gone to me. Consequently, active owner groups who have a web presence, tech email mailing list and/or periodic written periodical would be an added incentive for me. And I would guess they also can be a bountiful source of used boats that come on the market, without broker''s fees and with known histories of a sort.