My knowledge is limited too. But ask any French sailor and they get all excited about Wauquiez boats. Certainly the quality of design is superlative and she's seriously sturdy, with so much style in the fit out. (Mine was built in 1978, and yes there were only around 150 of them built). They seem to go for round the $US100K, but I got French champagne on a beer budget (and a hell of a lot of work and money still to invest to bring her back to her youthful beauty and seaworthiness) as the one I bought had languished on the hard stand for six years before I found her.
I, for one, would like to know about your progress. Maybe some pictures if you get around to it.
Best of luck.