Re: San Juan 26, love or hate...
San Juan's have the reputation of being well built. I had a bit of experience on smaller trailer sailers and was very impressed with their over-all sailing ability if not their outright speed (although some have a reputation of being fast). I bought my 34 based on the experiences I had on the smaller boats and have been very happy.
You mentioned that you won't be racing so I would suggest that sailing ability and comfort may be more important to you than the PHRF number. If you're serious about the boat you should go out for a trial.