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Best cruising boat (24 feet or less)
As you can see, there are lots of choices. And Jeff''s point about light winds could be expanded on just a bit; when we lake sailed, I''d describe the typical wind pattern as ''light and shifty'' due to the topography that most lakes present...at least, until a summer thunderstorm ripped through.<g>
Given you''re looking at a small, inexpensive boat, it might make little economic sense to search out the ''best'' choice and then face a significant transport cost. Instead, I''d talk with a few local brokers (it there are any in your area, there weren''t where we lake sailed - all powerboat brokers), marina owners and club members near you in order to learn which brands are popular near your lake. This will help keep the purchase price reasonable while allowing you local shopping, and make resale easier, as well. Then shop that shorter list of brands to see what the crew think.
And if shopping that subset of brands back here and to other BBs, be sure to tell us a bit more about where you''ll be sailing. You could be up on frigid Donner Lake in the Sierras, one of the huge manmade lakes in the South, or perhaps in dessert country out west, and be part of an active club, racing fleet...or just doing this on your own. Location and use could shape your criteria, significantly.
Good luck to all four of you!