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Are you going new, or used? what style of cruising? or racing? That is a real loaded question.
I would recomend reading two books, Worlds best sailboats by frenc mate. Granted some, even he admits, will dissagree with his choices, but still, for what he tried to do, they are good reads.
Some will say stay away from Hunters, frankly, most everyone if not all of the folks I know with them, luv them for what they are. I like my Jeanneau, others like Catalina's. Some like Camradarie, likes his Tayana, frankly, it is not my cup o tea for the type of sailing I do, but if in his shoes, it may very well be what I would have choosen............
Get on as many as you can, feel them out, something will show up that you can like, do not worry about my opinion or any one elses. Personally, I like the DEEEEEEEEEEP fin keel racer cruisers, if below 6' of draft, it is too little, hence my Jeanneau at 5.5' is a bit shallow, but for its size, 29.5' it is reasonably deep. New boats, I like teh look of the Dehler 34, X34 or 35, a slightly used Jeanneau Sunfast 35 or 37 would be nice too. But those would be for my use, probably not yours.
Enjoy looking for your new boat.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!