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I'm in a similar situation...looking for first boat, have sailed quite a bit with friends on their boats, have taken a sailing course last summer and am now ready to get something of my own.
In addition to all the criteria you've mentioned, I've got an added one and that is easy trailering and launching. I've landed on a Southcoast 22, it is old, but in good shape from what I can tell. The swing keel allows for easy trailering and launching.
I say I've landed on the Southcoast 22, however still haven't pulled the trigger on a purchase yet. Have looked at 4 of them, the first 3 were in pretty rough shape but I wasn't able to make that determination until I saw the 4th and it was clearly in much better shape than the others.
Any thoughts on this boat from the group is appreciated!