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What can you tell from the numbers?

I have been looking for a 28-32 ft yacht for a while. I think I''ve found something that meets most of my basic criteria (headroom for tall person is one of them). Can one of the experts here tell me what the numbers of this boat might mean in terms of sailing ability, seaworthiness and perhaps comfort in big seas. The boat has a full keel, fairly low freeboard and is from the early 70''s.
LOA: 28ft
LWL: 22ft
beam: 8,10
draft: 4,9
displacement: 7716
ballast: 3858

It has a very low CSF and a high motion comfort rating for a boat of this size. The ballast to displacement ratio is very high (50%) compared to all the other boats I''ve been looking at. What does this high ratio do for the boat? I realize these numbers in isolation don''t mean much, but some pointers would be appreciated.
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