Originally Posted by Valiente
God, not this again.
Take lessons, join a club as crew, sail on both. There are real limits to the value of advice an internet forum can deliver, and this is one of them. It's like asking: "What's better to kill a tumour: chemo, surgery or radiation?" And by tumour, I mean Hunter.
I can understand your frustration, however if you read the body of my message (not just the title), there are more questions than just comparison of boats. I got good answers to some of them. As an excuse, I can point out that nobody is born with the knowledge of answers to these questions, even though to seasoned sailors like yourself they may sound trivial and stupid.