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Boats to consider...
For light air, I think the Soverel 33, Olson 30, and J-29 are all good choices. Although the Olson is definitely the least expensive. Lots of them selling in the PNW for $10k or so, and seem to be in quite good shape for their age. When the Olson first came out, I remember there was one locally that gave the 2 tons a run for their money a lot of the time.
Laser 28? They rate only slightly faster than the Hotfoot 27, and at the Whidbey Island Race week I participated in (many years ago) the Hotfoots handily beat the Lasers that were there. Plus, they are quite pricey, but nice interior.
Dash 34 is a good choice as well.
Having said all this, I would like to add a couple of more boats to consider - Hotfoot 31 and Ross 930. They would be in the $30k range or so and have decent interiors (i.e. standing headroom). Definitely cruisable. The Hotfoot displaces 5,000 lbs and rates around 126 in the PNW and the Ross displaces 3,800 lbs and rates around 105, but the Hotfoot sails better to its rating in light air, in my opinon. Okay, probably hard to find either of these boats on the East Coast - but if you want a fast, lighter weight boat with a decent interior, these would be my choices (other than the Davidson 29, but that's another story).