I am sorry, I thought that I had responded to this question earlier. I have been traveling and woking a lot lately and so have had less internet time. A quick run through of the boat in question.
Beneteau First 305:
I really like these boats. They had a really nice layout and offer very good sailing abilities. They are one of the better sailing and better built boats on this list. This would probably be my first choice given your criteria.
Beneteau First 285:
These are cool little boats. I think they offer a lot of accomodations and sailing ability for the dollar. I would suggest that you check the berth dimensions.
I like this late model Cal in many ways. I don''t especially like some of the construction details. They are good all around boats.
I have mixed feelings about these. I really like the rig proportions but do not like the hull design that much. Build quality varied from boat to boat during this period of Ericson''s history.
You can find these 1980''s era boats in your general price range. They sail well and the PS versions were very well constructed.
Goman Express 30
AKA Express Yachting 30)
I really like these boats. They offer excellent sailing ability and very good build quality. These would be my first choice for myself for your area but are slightly deeper than you consider ideal and have the head forward so would not be as high on your list. (Should not be mistaken for the stripped out 30 M.) I prefer a tiller version but there is a wheel version near you.
Very nice little cruiser. Great boats.
I owned one of these for just under 14 years and I really loved this Bruce Farr designed boat. Great performance in almost all wind ranges but requires more skill to sail than most of these boats. Very high quality construction using Kevlar and vinylester.
Moody 31: I don''t recall these boats.
Very good cruising boat but lackluster performance. A better choice than the Watkins.
These IOR typeform boats offer a nice build quality combined with good sailing traits. (They are a little tender.) The 31 and 32 were the same hull but the 31 had a fractional rig.
Nicely built and decent sailing boats.
Nice boats in many ways. I don''t have a lot of direct exposure to this model.
This is one of my favorite boats of this size and of its era. They were pretty well constructed and sailed quite well.
There is nothing that I like about these boats.