Originally Posted by jgeissinger
if your intended uses are going "offshore" for a day, and also fishing, coupled with crossing Oregon bars, you really should be looking at powerboats.
Exactly... It's ABOUT FREAKIN' TIME
someone pointed that out...:-)
This is one of those threads at which I can only shake my head in amazement :-)
To the OP, seriously - do you have any idea what you intend to do with such a boat? Do you have a CLUE whether, indeed, "bluewater sailing" is really for you?
Sorry, but your parameters are so broad as to be useless... 30 - 45 feet, at least for me, runs the gamut from pretty much the minimum size in which I would care to venture offshore, to a size larger than I would ever want to own... A budget of $20-60K, but "you would pay up to $200K for the 'right' boat???" Sorry, but any serious yacht broker would not waste the time of day with you :-)
My first recommendation would be to actually DO some offshore sailing, and see if it's really anything remotely resembling what you imagine it to be... Every year, experienced sailors finish a trip like the Caribbean 1500 as their first ocean passage, and vow never to do it again, realizing coastal cruising/sailing is just fine for them...
Get some sailing under your belt, hopefully on a variety of boats, that's far and away the best way to make an informed decision... Don't be like the guy I met last year in Annapolis, bought an Island Packet for extended cruising, and potentially a circumnavigation... Spent an entire season, and untold tens of thousands $ more, in Annapolis prepping the boat, before FINALLY untying the docklines, and heading south... He made it as far as Solomons, turned around, walked back into the broker's office a couple of days later, and instructed him to re-list the boat for sale...
Seriously, do some sailing, take a charter vacation, whatever... just so you have some idea what it is you really want to do... jgeissinger is right, if running Oregon's bars is your primary concern, something like a Westsail 32 would be among the WORST possible choices you could make...