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You may want to start with some reading that deals with the pro and cons of different design characteristics and then decide what is BEST FOR YOU. There is no perfect boat but there is the right boat for you. Your budget may require that you start with a solid design and build but in need of TLC and upgrades. And then some experience with your boat day sailing/short cruises as your budget allows the upgrades.
The book "How to buy the Best Sailboat" is a good beginning. Ebay is a good source for building a library.
Don''t rush your decision. Window shopping at marinas is more fun the sanding fiberglass.