I've owned a Shannon, Bristol Channel Cutter, Valiant 42, Seawind Catamaran, Catalina, Hunter, and several dinghies. I suggest you go and buy the boat that moves you. How many times have you sailed this summer? Not sailing...... buy another Laser and get out there right now. Don't waste another good sailing day trying to figure out which boat to buy. My wife has more fun with her $350 sunfish, then our $350k Valiant. For each hour you spend doing research on the web, you should at least match it with an hour out sailing.....
Wow! Nice list. HOw did the Shannon and Valient compare?
Funny that almost one one answered his original question. My answer to "If not Pacific Seacraft what?" would be:
as I perceive them to be similar sort of boats. Maybe also:
Cabo Rico, Island Packet and Tayana though I don't know as much about them and have never sailed on or even walked through any of them. I did 8 day trip on the Hans, sailed on a Valiant and have been on board a Shannon at dockside.