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"IF" you can find one, a Jeanneau Sun Fast 35 might fit the bill. PHRF 105, nice interior, easy to operate. The issue I can think of, is I only know of three in NAmerica. The Sun Odysess versions with the 6' keel, not the 4.5' keel would work, a bit less mast and draft, same hull. The SF's have a 7' draft. The slightly longer SF37 or SF32 are other options.
There are a few Dufour 34's around that might fit the bill too. Not sure how the Ben 10r/34.7 would work, might be too thin on the interior too. Bavaria had a first 35 out a few yrs back, we have one in our fleet, not real quick, but quick enough.
A tarten 3400 might be good also, altho out of the price range, self tending jib for when the owner is alone, but can be set up with a bigger jib for racing. Even the 3500 might work, altho no ST jib. But could be set up with a 110-135 for cruising.
You might look at some of the cruiser/racer or performance cruiser style boats for your situation, as they can still be quick, but less of an issue for the owner/captain by himself on weekends. As a comparison. Jeanneau new 36iP, while a performance cruiser it rates 105-110 phrf, the std rigs around 120. Granted new at 180K is out of the budget, a lot easier to sail with 2-4 folks, yet can be ramped up to race. The new 33i has a performance version too that should be in the 120-140 range. I have not seen any actual ratings as of yet.
As far as C&C goes, I'd personally prefer a 115, altho the 110 would work, I do not like the forward head floor plan of the 99, but it could move to something I would look at if I got rid of my 25 yr old 30' boat.
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