Join Date: Sep 2000
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You didn't say how you intended to use the boat. A Beneteau 36CC like mine would do if you are limiting your cruising to coastal and the Bahamas. I know a couple who have lived aboard on the Chesapeake for several years in one. I don't think it would be suitable if you intend blue water passages although I know of an individual who has taken his 36CC to Bermuda several times.
You might have trouble finding something larger in really good shape still in your price range.
I don't know about other Beneteau Center Cockpits, but mine has a wing keel, draws 5'2" and the rudder does NOT extend below the keel like one poster warned you about.
Good luck on your search.