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I just re-read your original question and, given your parameters, might not recommend the Bristol 24.
It's not as pretty as a Sabre, the hull deck joint always needs work. OTOH, if you're less than 5'8", it seems sufficiently roomy as I think all 24s were dinette models, with the galley on the stbd side.
As wonderful as Bristols are, you'll spend a good chunk of time on upgrades.
I might suggest, for the size, that you look at larger trailer sailers like the Precision 23 (easier to get to the cruising grounds you prefer) or the sharply-designed Beneteau 235. It's a bit more costly, but is quick, has a full-cabin design, including the head that has a slide-out chart table, and four bunks.
I wouldn't look at the 24 unless low initial cost was important. Also, as a looker, it doesn't draw the usual number of Bristol compliments.