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Depends on what sort of rig you want to carry (gaff sail like on a catboat, lateen, marconi), how many sails, what sort of sail area you want to carry (how "powerful" do you want this boat to be?). A small 12 footer with, say the same sail area as a laser will be a handful when the wind picks up. Then again, it will depend on your hull design; a beamier hull will not heel as readily in a blow.
Why not look at similar hull designs, with similar sail plan, and see how much sail area they use, then work from there.