Damn... you were fine until you got to the headroom... I'm so glad I'm short... so many more choices, so many fewer things to knock the skull into.
BTW, you really should be asking about berths too... since it makes little sense to get a boat to cruise in if you can't lay down and sleep in her.
Hmm... unfortunately, headroom isn't listed on boat listings generally, and not something I pay a whole lot of attention too, since I'm only 5' 5" or so.
That said... the Tartan 37 might be a good choice, especially the keel/centerboard or scheel keel models. The deep fin version's draft is 6' 7" IIRC. The size is right in the middle of what you're looking for, the build quality is generally quite good, the performance is pretty decent, and the boat can be single-handed relatively easily, especially if the lines were run aft. I'm not sure about the cabin headroom though... but there are a couple of owners on this forum who could speak to that.
Two others might be the Niagara 35 and the Canadian Sailcraft 36T.
I know several people on the forum own CS36Ts, and will probably respond... not sure about any one owning a Niagara 35 here though.
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