I grew up on the water on the east coast, around fishing and lobster boats mostly... though I did get my sailing merit badge as a kid and sailed a 20 foot cat on my river quite a bit as a teenager..
Now I'm older, on the west coast, and looking for a sailboat to buy as a liveaboard/cruiser.. there are a LOT of options around the Los Angeles area, thankfully, and this time of year seems a pretty good time to buy.. but as you might guess I'm finding lots of floating junk
Just in case anyone from Los Angeles or so-cal is reading and has a boat they are looking to sell, I've been looking for ~ 30 foot sailboats with a diesel and at least most of the creature comforts (head, galley, etc) for combined liveaboard and sailing.. with a < $10K budget ideally
So far I've looked at a couple of wooden boats (yeah, yeah, i know, and have decided against that particular brand of insantity), some Columbias, one Coronado 35 center-cockpit, and I'm looking at a couple of Islander 30's on Saturday.
Sadly many of the boats I'm finding haven't been hauled out for YEARS, although I still hold out hope for finding a boat that's been well maintained and is a decent $$ but doesn't "need" anything.
I liked the Coronado 35 CC best from a floor plan perspective, but didn't sea-trial it, and on hearing it's been sitting in the slip for years more than one person has warned me off of it on general principle...
Any advice or pointers towards local deals too good to pass up are welcome. I'll sure I'll be reading and asking a lot of questions as I both get into my next boat and then try to dig out from the overwhelming amt of info I'll have to recall about sail handling.