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Being on the Great Lakes, Canadian boats are not too far away.. Have a look at Mirage 26 or27 (sightly different boats), Tanzer 26 (not pretty but solid), C&C 25.
A great sailing boat, pretty, not really roomy but with a great cockpit is the Viking 28. Kirby 25 is quick but a bit spartan perhaps (and maybe a bit skittish).
My son, also in his mid 20s just bought a well equipped and maintained Ranger 29 in Tacoma for under $10kUS , so keep looking.