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Camry of boats
One thing I find amazing is that there are not a lot of boats that are currently made that fall into that size range except Catalina, Hunter, and J Boats. I would think to qualify for your "Camry", the boat should be popular(produced many years), a family boat, well made, sail well, and be currently produced. Beneteau's smallest boat in the US (I think) is almost 33feet. They are out.
I don't think the Hunters would qualify--not great sailing boats, and not great quality (IMO)
J is a possibility, but their all time most popular boat is only 24 feet, and the only 2 currently produced boats in that size range are the J80 (not a real popular boat) and the new J92S. I guess J is out.
That leaves Catalina. Many of their models have been produced for years and have been very popular. Catalina 30--no longer in production, but the new 309 is patterned after the 30. The 27 was very popular (I think there are 3 on my dock) and the 270 is currently made. There is a 28 that was made for years, and now a 28mkii. There is also a 320 and a 310. I think the Catalinas are fairly well made, and are certainly family oriented boats.
I have been looking for a new (or newer) boat in the 28 to 32 foot range, and was frustrated. Not a lot of different builders making boats in that size range except Catalina and Hunter. Currently I am looking at buying a Catalina 28mkii. I think it will work out well.
Maybe one of the Catalinas mentioned above in the Camry of sailboats.