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look at the Pearson Triton. Ther are awsesome blue water cruisers.
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Check out Paceships - they were built in Nova Scotia and are good for the seas there. The Westwind (24 Feet) would be just the ticket for you. You might also want to consider a Viking 28 - they are a little longer than the others, but tend to sell in the same price range. Also - give serious thought to driving up here to "Uppity Canada" and picking up a boat on a trailer - or better yet - drive down to Vermont and get one there - you'll save yourself a huge amount of money.
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This last year I purchased a coastal cruiser. In deciding which boat to buy I read everything I could get my hands on. One book was a thorough discussion about yacht design and was organized by type of use, daysailing, racing, family cruising, ocean voyaging. It also had a huge matrix containing more variables than you would think existed, but also some very important ones for me and I incorporated them into my decision tree. I wanted a strongly built hull and deck with robust rigging, head room (6' minimum), medium displacement, good speed capability, a favorable capsize ratio (should I make a very big mistake at the wrong time) and a fairly high comfort factor for two on board. I wanted to be able to single hand and live aboard for a couple of weeks. No outboard, no deck stepped mast and no swinging keels/centerboards, etc. And it had to be available for $10,000. I ended up with a 1976 Pearson 28-1, have replaced rigging, and lots of other stuff, am still under $10,000 and have one hell of a boat with a lot of potential for coastal cruising. Everyone that comes aboard my boat is impressed with its size, its comfortable, airy and open cabin, the cockpit size, and I'm impressed with the way it sails. I used to have one of those really classic looking boats with a long keel and attached rudder and I've got to telll you that a fin keel and spade rudder is the way to go if you need to do more than make long straight runs in open water.
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Glad to read that you are leaving the "dark side". You didn't mention what your budget is?
My first love was a swing keel Catalina22. Easy to rig, sail and trailer. Purchased for 9,000 US and sold 2 years later for 8,500 US. Lots of these abound and mine was in excellent condition. The one drawback was that it lacked privacy with the head. It's a great nearshore sailor with excellent aftermarket support.

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Here's another one. First post and a non-sailing web link.
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You will get zillions of suggestions;here is one. (Opinion; All the boats you listed are too small for your size and- maybe- for your sailing destinations). Get at least a 27--30 ft boat or bigger, with INBOARD, if possible. Remember-usually-longer waterline means faster. *Inboard will help tremendously if/when you get in Bad Weather. That Westerly is great(I had one), but will take forever to get home.
Your wife will love the old Catalina 30 room and comfort. I did not say it was the best quality, but you can be proud to take your friends on a roomy comfortable boat. The other ones you listed will may make them question if they should go out at all. *In waves, the Outboard motor will go in & out of the water and little push results.
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Pocket Cruiser Recommendation

Three years ago I bought a 1970 Westly Cirrus. It's 22', but the cabin and cockpit are larger than many 24' boats I looked at. I singlehand most of the time, and it's an easy boat to sail, sturdy as they come (Lloyds of London certified to be ocean capable), safe and stable, and the only boat of it's size I found where I can stand up in the cabin.

I've got a v-berth large enough for two, an enclosed head with holding tank, dinette, electric sink, ice box, sail locker, a long pilot berth, and the table folds down to make another larger berth. The cockpit is very deep and gives you a feeling of safety and comfort - not sitting on a rail with your knees around your ears.

Another point for me is that marinas in my area charge more for larger slips, and shore storage in the off-season is also charged by the foot. For me, it's the perfect boat for my current needs.

That's my two cents (and I'll probably get change back).

Fair winds.
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