I have no personal experience with them, but an old broker told me they were well built. She didn''t have one but recommended I look for one.
You didn''t mention the keel depth. If this boat has the 4''4" draft then it won''t sail upwind worth a darn. If it was the deep draft version then it should be fine. No, the boat will not be as fast as the first series but would be better fitted out for cruising.