I just moved to the northern Virginia area (after a few years in the dry Midwest) and am looking at buying a sailboat (I've owned two previously). Unfortunately, the channel to the nearby (and affordable) marina on the Potomac varies in depth from 18" to 5', so I need a boat that can make that most hours (I can plan my sailing times to avoid dead low if necessary).
So I'm looking at a smaller boat (22-25ish feet) that's also affordable (under about $5K).
I'd love a Catalina 22 but I don't see many in good shape right now. I also know that MacGregor 25s have centerboards that could clear this channel.
What other boat models should I look for? And is Craigslist my best bet?