Well, I would look at Dehler 36 or 39, X-37, and a Finngulf 37. The 2008 models may be over your budget with the current exchange, but they will meet your criteria if you can go above $200k. They are slightly more sporty than the Sabre, but all 'blue water' capable, say NE to Bermuda.
You also can look for a used one. There was a 2001 Dehler 36 for sale here in RI; which we viewed, the boat was in like-new condition, I would check with Jeff at www.dehler.us
. I have sailed the Dehler 36 and really like the boat, they have positive race records in Europe, and are also comfortable to cruise on, the ergonomics are great and it balances well with a neutral helm, we ultimately purchased a 1997 Dehler 33, which we enjoy. I have viewed the X and Finngulf at the dock and have been impressed with them as well, there are not many used in the US though.
If you want something more cruise oriented, you could consider a used Tartan 3700; although there is a post discussion about build problems with some hulls that I would read first. Regardless, i would prefer a fractional rig boat with a big main for power and a small healdsail, if I recall correctly, the Tartan is a masthead rig with a smaller type main needing a larger genoa setup.
I agree, the Jenneau build quality is similar, or less than, the Bene and Catalina. I think the three boat above have better performance qualities than the Bene Hunter Catalina Jenneau crowd, but similar comfort.