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I doubt you can get a SC31 for under $20k.
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If your kids are grown and all your affairs are in order, there are plenty of sub-10k boats for you!
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Smile Flickas available in your price range

Taffy:

Believe it or not, as of 7/18/08 at 7:35pm PST, Yachtworld.com has a listing of 5 different Flickas under $25K. Do a search on Pacific Seacraft boats in the 15 to 25 foot range and they should all pop up. There are others but they are beyond what you want to spend. Can't speak to their readiness to go, but they are bluewater capable, meet the specs you have outlined above, and are within your stretch price range. Have a look see and maybe you will find what you are looking for. Good luck. Don't forget, that these are prices before negotiation starts.

1980: $19K
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Go to Havana. Lots of expertise there. under 10 grand most the boats there do a passage of 90 miles. I don't think you can do it for 10 grand and be safe!
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Whatever boat you do decide to make an offer on, make sure you get a survey.
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it has been mentioned to me that sometimes you can find boats at marinas in their impound docks. also try craigslist, a month or so ago there was a 40' morgan was for sale in mexico for 10 grand by a guy that ran out of money and found a job he couldnt turn down. the boat was in great shape, set up for offshore cruising, except with minimal problems with the engine that was fixed cheap. so the moral of the story is that you can find a good deal on a solid boat, you just have to be lucky. good luck.
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So the guy sold a $50-100,000 boat for $10K just so he didn't have to spend $5K to get it back to somewhere where he could make 10 times that much? I'm sceptical.

To the OP, get the stateroom on the QM2 with a view. Your price range is going to get you killed. You could buy a boat that had just circumnavogated the globe and you'd still find $5K worth of things to fix on her. Your budget is too low for what you desire. And I mean your final budget; the one you'll be at after purchase and refitments. You can get a very nice boat for $10K, just not one your Mom is going to want you in offshore. (g)
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Almost anything which is not currently sinking will work

Believe it or not, how a boat makes it's way around the world depends on it's skipper and/or it's crew. The boat virtually always manages to stay afloat.

Apart from plunging into the southern ocean, almost any vessel currently afloat will get you from one port to the next with reasonable planning. For goodness sakes, people have done both the Atlantic and the Pacific in 6 foot boats (and many of those passages have been done with no supplies).

If you want to try and go against prevailing winds for some kind of crazy record, good luck.

Otherwise, learn how your boat works, provision well, and sail sensibly. In principle, you can go anywhere in a dinghy, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either trying to sell you something or is trying to justify a recent purchase.
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Havana ? whats the deal there ?

SC boats: are they value for money? they're more expensive than say a tartan 30.
A flicka looks too small to have friends along.

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I would also highly recommend that you reserve about 15-20% of your purchase budget for refitting, upgrading and repairing any boat you buy. This is especially true of a boat you want to take off-shore for any extended period of time.
I sail a little boat that is nto for blue water, so a lot this is arm chair thinking (but I do research this a lot)...

I would push those percentages even higher if you are going to spend less. Taking the $10K figure for example, I think you could likely end up with a better boat for $5K that need $5K put into it. the extreme example is a haul way that needs your whole fund used on rehab. But, you would need to be able to spot the diamond in the rough and do a lot of the work yourself.
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