Another comfy, roomy boat with fairly good performance is a Ranger 29, should be easily within your budget. Nice layout, decent cockpit and reasonable headroom, and another perhaps even roomier would be a Cal 29.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"