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As shown by TQA, up the price by $5K and you have a pretty decent potential boat. The I28 would make a great boat for cruising around here. From the pics, that particular one might need a bit o love on the inside, like new varnish etc. Maybe new cushions........ but overall, reasonably good shape. If you can go $15-25K for a boat, your options will be opened up a lot.
Now as far as your boat choices, yes they are good. BUT, frankly, a boat with a deep fin will be better than a boat with a full keel from a being able to sail. We do get a lot of lighter wind days, ie 5-15, so an easily moved boat is better than a full keel slug if you will.
Please note, I am trying to avoid saying brands and models, more of a general like and dislike from my end. When I went looking for my current boat after a 20 some odd yr hiatus from sailing, Jeanneau's and beneteaus were off my list. I found an 85 Jeanneau, went and looked at it, wife fell in love with the interior vs other more common brands....we do not have a shower, but overall, she is a nice sailing handling etc boat. It took raising our limit about $5G to get into her.
You might also look at older Good Old Boat, Sailing, among other magazines, as they have reviews on older boats.
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