See if you can find an O'day 322. They are rare compared to the Hunter and especially the Catalina, but they are equally robust and aurguably "nicer". The better use of space is not arguable. I had folks with some 40'ers comment there was more room in my 322 than their traditional 40' boat.
I think the 322 will outsail the Hunter or the Catalina despite the wing keel.
The styling will probably be love or hate but it's not out or place among todays boats so I guess it must of been ahead of its time somewhat in that department. I never loved the look of the boat but if I had to live on a $25k,30 something foot boat that would likely be my choice. If I could up the budget some I'd look at the Caliber 33. Its another 30 something boat with excellent use of the below decks space and is built to a higher standard (though perhaps not quite "Blue Water") than the Hunter or Catalina.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36