Read your notes on the Soverel 39 and appreciate the input. Am looking at a Tartan version in the Great Lakes. Have an Ericson 36 with a torn up interior and would like to upgrade to a boat that has a decent interior for cruising and is race competitive. With a PHRF rating of 72, seems like it would be tough to compete with today's racers. There are a number of newer boats in our club and I have been disappointed with the quality of the Benetaus, Jenneaus, Catalinas and Hunters. The Benetau 36.7 seems to be decent, but at 7' draft, it is at the upper end of a boat that I want for most of my sailing in Lake St. Clair.
Raced for many years on a C&C 41 and I liked it except in down wind blows where it was pretty squirrelly. At 41 ft, it is just a bit much to single hand as well.
In your posts, you suggested looking further than the Soverel/Tartan 39.