On the other end of the spectrum would be something like the Flicka 20, built by Pacific Seacraft. But these are built heavy enough to cross oceans, so might be too much boat for your purposes. However, there are plenty of folks (likely the majority of owners) who use them simply for coastal sailing. Here's an example:
Flicka 20 by PSC
Good luck with your search. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions -- everyone seems to have their favorites.