Finally, after nearly two years, I've done it. I found the boat I want, found the money I needed, and pulled the trigger.
Yesterday, we hauled out, surveyed, and test sailed the boat, a 1984 Beneteau First 42. The surveyor found it in great condition for it's age, and the bottom looked fantastic. It sailed great, with plenty of easy speed and power with fingertouch control all the way.