O.K., I guess this guy is suggesting you buy a Hunter. Or maybe better, a MacGregor 26, because dollar for dollar you won''t get as much quality in comparison, hence, the rationale for buying the older boat. I wonder how much time he''s spent sailing more than a half mile offshore, inasmuch as the hull speed of the Bristol 35 is 6.53 knots and the Alden Design qualified the boat as a CCA Racer? She''s no J-24 or Melges, but those are totally different categories of boat. And no, I''ve never had to run the engine when other boats were still sailing. Pop the drifter or spinnaker and she moves right along nicely. However, she doesn''t tend to turtle quite as well as the boats this guy seems to like so much in gusts, and, yes, I''ve sailed both......