some boats, and what makes them good
This includes CarlAlbergsSailboats and others such as:
Add your favorites!
See also: http://www.alberg30.org/OtherBoats/
Don't forget Phil Rhode's boats.
See also Best Offshore Cruising Boats.
Here's another list of cruising boats: http://www.mahina.com/boats.html
Here's a list of boats I considered while doing research on a boat for the Great Lakes boat that I could take down to the Bahama's someday. I ended up with a Tanzer 28 (couldn't afford an Alberg 30:^(, ) http://cruisenews.net/boattypes.html
John Vigor's book Twenty Small Sailboats to Take You Anywhere