I know how you feel,, Fountain and Formual's don't do it for me either,, my wife had a formula when we met and I hated that boat,, we looked at a 271 at the NY boat show and I couldn't fit between the wheel and the seat,, my 6'2" next door neighbor couldn't get his knees between the dash and the passenger seat,, was a piss poor layout IMO.. I like the 272 Baja's,, I think they are a great bang for the buck boat..
We looked at some brand new 26 and 28 PQ's at Ducky's and we were not thrilled with their quality..
Anywho,, there was a 2000 288 w/ 454 mag with meteor graphics for 42,000 2 years ago, for sale in NY, had I not just bought the Baja I would have been all over that baby in a heart beat.. I'm sure there are some late 90's intimidators for sale in your range..