Already got a ton of help on this forum. Saw two C30s yesterday, and they were good, but didn't jump out at me. Since I'll be living aboard and have a small budget, the C30 would be a good choice.
I've also been told that, although "smaller" for living aboard than a C30, the Pearsons are a good choice. I stumbled across a C&C and did some research. They also seem to be a good boat with strength and sailability. I do NOT want to start a thread war, as I know owner loyalty is strong - and have been told that C30 owners are VERY VERY loyal
but, the pictures (and they can be deceiving) of the C&C are pretty nice. 1977 C&C sailboat for sale in Massachusetts
Here's a link to the nice C30 I looked at. It's priced a little high, but has had upgrades and is TURNKEY - Also, I was told an offer of $20K might do it! Merri-Mar Yacht Basin, Inc (Newburyport, MA)
I'd appreciate any comments on the C30, C&C or Pearson. If you happen to have experience with two or more of them, I'd be open to hearing your opinioins/suggestions. It's not necessarily a matter of "this one is better or that one is bad", but rather personal preferences and maybe differences in handling characteristics. For instance, advantages for living aboard, perhaps less weather helm, etc. etc.
As a newbie, maybe I'm asking for the impossible, but I just want to add personal opinions/experiences to what my research will turn up. Also, any specific questions you'd recommend I ask the owners/brokers when I look at these models is greatly appreciated. And yes, I know that the model and year can make a HUGE difference in what to look for, as modifications were made almost every year to address "idiocyncracies" of the boats!
Thanks for the help and the PATIENCE,