Recommendations on a 22 - 26 ft weekender?
It would help narrow the possibilities if you''d state your budget. Being another Pearson owner, I think Mclion is giving sound advice. (He also is the proud owner of a tube of Dow Corning High Vacuum grease, so watch out for him.)
Check out a Pearson 26, or a Triton or Renegade in addition to the 28 (of which Pearson built three different models through the years) that he mentioned. I own a P-27, which was introduced in 1987, so most of them have inboard diesels.
Give the good folks here a price range to think about and you''ll get better answers. There are all kinds of boats in this size range -- Catalina 25, Cal 25, O''Day''s, Quickstep 24 even.