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A Catalina 30 would be a good choice for you.
I'm not an expert but note that the Catalina 30 comes in a number of flavors. The older ones (from the 70's) came with wheel or tiller steering, gas or diesel engines. In the 80's they all went to wheel steering and diesel. In the 90's the walk through transom appeared. That makes getting on / off the boat from the water or dingy a lot easier. The engines also got a lot bigger. In the 2000's the boat was discontinued in favor of the 309. The boats were available with Standard Rig (SR), Tall Rig (TR) and Bow Sprit (BS) so you may see an ad that lists something like a 1985 Catalina 30 TRBS: that would be a Tall Rig with a Bow Sprit. Most, but not all Tall Rigs had the bow sprit, but not all.
Anyway, for your area the TR would be an advantage. This would not be true on San Fransisco.
I don't know how many Catalina 30's with AC you are going to find.
Lastly, here a place where you can learn lots and lots about the Catalina 30.
International Catalina 30 Association
Also note that there are lots and lots of other similar boats like the O'day 30 or 31, Tartan 30, Newport 30, Sabre, Pearson, etc.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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