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A contessa 26 or 32, an Alberg 30, or Southern Cross 28 or 31 would be good choices...they can pretty much take you anywhere and are simple to single hand. All of them have done circumnavigations single handed IIRC—with the possible exception of the Contessa 32.

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Here's the Mahina list one more time!
http://www.mahina.com/boats.html

Jim...a 32' keel boat will be easier to handle than your Cat25. Have no fear. The only thing harder is coming into the dock under power where you need to adjust to the weight of the boat and get used to it SLOWLY! Sailing itself is easier.
Use the list above as a starting point but I would instead suggest that MOST people do not NEED a true bluewater boat and would be better off with a boat for their actual cruising plans. Think about that carefully before you buy...especially if a spouse is involved!!
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