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Seriously consider isail's recommendation
FWIW, I agree with isail's call to look for a J-boat. They are superior sailing boats. I am biased, as I own a J/28 (a cruising J with full teak interior), which I sail in the Chesapeake. Having lived in SC for 15 years, I am familar with Charleston Harbor and the ICW and believe you'd find the flexibility of a J to be perfect for the range of coastal cruising conditions you describe. The J/30 is a tad bigger and as another poster mentioned, is tiller steered, which may or may not suit you. I prefer a wheel, which the J/28 has, as it is modeled off the J/40 cockpit. In the size range you are looking, try finding a saloon with a fold up table - you'll appreciate the extra space with guests aboard.