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Having aquaintances with a Hunter 38 2005 and a Hunter 45DS 2008, I can say that with the 38, you are thinking right, she is a bit tender and needs reefing (of course, everyone will not agree on when to reef) certainly before 20knots.
The 45DS on the other hand is starting to get quite happy at 20knots.
Even though the traveler/arch is quite higt on both vessels I think that Hunter lengthend the boom and lowered the center of effort on the big Mainsail for the 45DS giving her an easier time in the moderate breezes.
This is just what I have experienced on a few day sails on both vessesl...