If you can reach $270,000, (in the water) I would highly recommend looking at a Tartan 3700. Is has everything you would want for the kind of sailing you are looking to do. Perhaps, the C&C 121 (40'') would interest you but it is not as "finished" as the Tartan.
Island Packet also has a very proven off shore pedigree.
I would go Tartan, Island Packet, Sabre, C&C and so forth rather than Beneteau in the long run hands down.