The Luger 26 being half the weight of the Catalina 26 with similar waterplane area is going to give much quicker, 'corkier' motion. When you consider how little ballast the Luger has and how high it is mounted, the center of gravity of the boat is quite high which gives little stability. I expect the Luger is at the edge of the design envelope for this size of sailboat, and not on the good edge....Tim
The Luger 26, being half the weight of the Catalina 26 also makes it easily trailerable. The weight comparisons concerning the fiberglass are also unfair to the luger for a number of reasons... For example, the Luger doesn't have an inboard diesel engine.
I just purchased a 26' Luger yesterday and it seems to be very well constructed. Does it have the frills, features and amenities of the Catalina? Nope... I'll have to work on adding those.
The ballast ratio of the two boats is only 5 to 6% different if you compare the keel weight to total weight anyhow.