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Re: Performance Cruisers and Racer/Cruisers
I learned a long time ago that arguing about PHRF ratings, and whether they are correct or not is pointless. There are so many variables to take into account that there are no universally correct ratings. Clearly in PaulK's experience, in the conditions they sail in, the J-boat is consistently faster. I am sure you could find other jurisdictions where the opposite is true.
While there may be lots of 36.7s out there, that doesn't mean that they have a solid and accurate rating. There is a tendency for PHRF ratings to stagnate on active one-design classes. The rating system is designed for a rating to evolve based on historical performance on a boat, and if most of the boats are not in the PHRF fleets their handicap doesn't evolve.
Other than the fact that both boats would fall into the same division, I don't think they can be compared. They are very different boats that are several generations apart, not to mention many thousands of dollars apart in price!
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig