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Ketch vs Sloop?

I am looking at two 32 footers: Fuji 32 ketch and Aries 32 sloop. LOA are similar: 31'6" vs 31'10". LWL are 24'9" vs 26'. Beams: 9'10" vs 9'6". Drafts: 3'8" vs 5'. Dspl: 13,115 lb vs 15,000 lb . Ballast: 4635 lb vs 5000 lb. Sail areas are same: 470 sf. Hull designs are quite different: Fuji, designed by John Alden, has sharper clipper bow and cutaway forefoot on keel with full stern and wide transom. Aries, designed by Thomas Gillmer has Colin Archer form with full length full keel and canoe stern. Our intended sailing area is the SF Bay with occasional jaunts up and down the coast. No long distance passages in the immediate future. I have never sailed a ketch but don't see learning to handle three sails a big challenge. Any comments on these two designs and/or these particular boats will be greatly appreciated.
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