My advice would be to try to get a sail on as many boats as you can manage before deciding what to buy.
I know of a Tartan 27' available for $3500 in Annapolis which has a working engine and has been re-fit - if that is even in your foot/price range.
For 2 people intending to spend a lot of time on board though I'd think something more like a Catalina 30 might provide the minimum amount of space needed.
Good luck and keep us posted.
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