Okay – The way I understand it you need recomendations to use as you approach members of this yacht club and other people in the area. The boat may change but you need something to get people interested.
BTW Maine sucks as a location to do this! I hope your truck and trailer are ready to travel.
UNDER 150 PHRF
Under $20k all up
About 30 Feet
Some work but not a major overhaul
So I did a Yachtworld search and in your Multi State/Provence area here are the boats with at least three listings. All under $20,000. Looking for at least three of the boat for sale. Guess what….none match what you are looking for!
Would you really be able to get a good number of people who currently race into a J29 or a Pearson Flyer? A C&C 29 MKII sure seems like a broader market. Throw in the Top Down spin option for cruising and eventually local one design.
If you let your PHRF number go up and you allow for a rule on sail buying over a period of three years this gets doable. The reduction in crew will cost you a new spinnaker and a top down reefing system. Cost is A sail spin + $1500 for an OK system. Here are the boats listed in the order of what I think is the easiest to make your sales pitch.
C&C 29 MKII – Solid hull beneath the waterline.
Pearson 30 – Solid hull – Also can be found cheap- Tiller and wheel
C&C 30 – solid hull except for the bow area.
The rest just suck.
Irwin 30 Citation
Pearson 28 Real Cheap
Sabre 28 Real Cheap
To get under 150PHRF and do everything else AND be able to convince those who currently have stand up head room, enclosed head and a decent boat
Jboats 30, S2 9.1 plan on some work and of course you are definitely going to have to drive especially to get a J/30's in decent shape.
BTW – None of those west coast boats showed up on the search! It is Maine.... Heated work shed for one boat would be a fantastic improvement. If you were to approach me with the idea of a C&C 29MK II you would have the best chance of convincing me that a one design fleet was doable.