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Older B-40, Cal 40, Pearson 39, Bristol 40?
The P-35 cockpit is over 9' long. I've been on 50' boats with smaller cockpits. A lot of people want a smaller cockpit for offshore because it will hold less water if a wave comes aboard. There is also more room below with a smaller cockpit. I think what he is saying is that he likes his P-35, just wants something a little bigger.
FWIW, I agree with you. It's nice to a cockpit that will hold guests for daysailing or where you can stretch out to sleep under the stars. I think a lot of boats about the vintage of the Pearson 35 will have similar large cockpits and will easily fall into your price range.