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You'd be pretty hard pressed to fit four people aboard any one of those boats, with the possible exception of the morgan, for any extended time period. As my friend says about his C&C 38... Sails 6, feeds 4, sleeps 2... and that's probably a bigger boat than all of the ones you're looking at.
Also, none of those boats are going to be "fast". The Sadler is probably the fastest of the bunch, and not that fast as sailboats go.
Personally, for four people and with that budget, I'd look at something like a Wharram catamaran, which will give you more space and speed than a monohull. The Prout Snowgoose 37, the Iroquois Mk II are also good choices. Another possible choice would be a Jim Brown designed Searunner 37 or 40 trimaran, or a Telstar 35 if you can find one. Four people, unless they are particularly close to each other, are going to need more room than a 35-38' monohull sailboat can generally provide.
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