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being a Hudson river sailor, here are a few suggestions.
1st, get a boat that does not have a long or full keel. The current in the Hudson causes so much leeway when sailing.
2nd, realize that north of the GW bridge, the river is a bit narrow for sailing, untill you get to the Tappan Zee (where the sailing is excellant all the way to Peekskill esp. Haverstraw bay)
3rd, there are lots of boats that can fit into the 25-30 ft range that would do you very well in these waters although if you are new to sailing, smaller is much better to learn on. ( Catalina 25, O''Day 25 come to mind) A step up would be Both of those boats in the 28-30 ft. range..Catalina 27,Catalina 30, O''Day 28, O''Day 30 although finding a 30 footer for $10,000 is a bit tougher. I''ve seen a dozen 25-27 ft. boats for sale under $10,000. A real stable boat to learn on, albeit slow with tons of leeway would be a Seeward 24. I know of 2 of them for sale. I know a good fin keeled (not swing keel) Catalina 25 on the Hudson for sale that is in AWSOME shape. There''s an O''Day 28 for sale in Haverstraw that I looked at a few weeks ago that was real nice.
Although I not an ''expert" these boats are what I see every day sailing on the Hudson during the summer.
Best of luck with your search.