Thank you for your responses. I'm going to keep researching and looking at boats.
PAULK - I love the responsiveness of the J24 the cabin is not for comfort. I've been told the larger J boats suffer from the same lack of cabin space.
JIMSCAL - Your Cal 9.2 sounds terrific. I've spent a few hours reading about the Cal 9.2
NK235 - your point about outgrowing a boat is well taken.
Thanks again for your input.