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Re: Input on a vessel
I would suggest a Peterson 44 as a default choice. They are usually plentiful on the marketplace. They are big enough to go anywhere with that many people, and they can be found in decent and almost ready to go condition within the upper edge of your price range. You would want to find one with glass (rather than teak) decks, and with the water tanks replaced. These boats sail very well, and often show up with all kinds of neat cruising gear such as wind steering vanes and wind gens. Be careful if the price seems too cheap since that usually means bad decks, shot engine, bad tanks, or shot sails.
They do have a few 'short comings, such as the passage from the main cabin to the aft cabin is quite cramped. Also the heads and galley are a little tight as well.
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