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Re: Suggestions for a stiff boat
Just speculating based on very little knowledge here, but......
You will get a lot of stiffness in at least two ways: form stability and a large righting moment.
Form stability requires a wide flat bottom. Luckily for you, most modern production monohulls have exactly this. Especially the shoal draft boats.
A large righting moment a low heel angles would come from a canting keel, water ballast, or a deep keel with a heavy weight on the end. Probably none of these are that practical for you.
With a modern flat bottom boat, I would think you could quite easily stay at < 12% in most cruising situations with a little practice.
I would look for a boat with flat aft sections and a high ballast/weight ratio.
There ya go! Late model Class 40 or IMOCA 60. Awesome form stability, ballast ratios over 40%, outboard water ballast tanks, and deep-reefing ability to depower in thunderstorms ... or the Southern Ocean. And the canting keel makes them perfect for Florida's skinny waters! Might have trouble meeting the budget, tho.
Albin Ballad 30, Fionn