Originally Posted by paulk
Beneteau 36.7's are nice boats with reasonably good performance. We have our boat's name on the transom of our J/36 in letters 12" high so that the crews with binoculars on the 36.7's can still read who it was that beat them. Coming from a Santana, some of the suggestions above will seem pedestrian. It's going to boil down to what sort of performance/cruising comfort/cost balance you want. When we every now and then pass a J/109 boat-for-boat, we think how happy we are not to have spent five or six times as much as we did. We also enjoy fresh Maine blueberries in muffins hot from the oven. (Do J/109's even have ovens?) All the little things add up to what you enjoy the most. Happy hunting!
A bit confused with the performance of the J36. For what I can tell the boat has a PHRF of about 81 while the Benetau 36.7 have about 78 and the J 109 with 78 has about the same as the 36.7. Both the 36.7 and the J109 sailed to their rating should be faster.
J/Boats PHRF Sailing Performance Comparison Table
Of course it all depends on the particular boat (in what regards the J 109 and the First 36.7) but if you look to this IRC list organized by boat speed you will see the 36.7 mixed with the J109 (depending on the particular boat) and also with the Dehler 36 or Elan 37, X 37, C&C 110 and Finngulf 37. in what regards sailing performance and cruising all these boats have a very close performance (along with the First 35). Some have a much better cruising interiors than others.
Probably what makes your boat faster is good sailing