These are personal opinions nothing more....
rather than the 28 ft option, I'd go for nothing less than 30. The catalina 30 is a long term, good coastal boat, for not a lot of money.
The Bene's, while very pretty, in MY OPINION might not be as "rugged" as the Cat. Yes, I know, many race wins, may trans-atlantics, blah, blah, blah. like I said, my opinion.
All of that aside, look for an Island Packet, or Irwin, rr Pearson, all in the 30 ft range. you'll like the beam on ALL of these boats over the 28, and yes, the 4 inches between a 28 and a 30 makes a big difference. (to me)