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I only know of one 110 local for sale, shusboomer. pretty red thing! You can find older fiberglass versions mostly mid to east coast in your price range, vs shusboomer being a carbon hull.
I do feel like you, the older Tartan 37 will be slower, as will a sabre as compared to the others.
As long as you can get or find a LARGE light wt drifter/reacher jib, you can sail here in puget sound, IF you have a mast head. Even with a frantional and a max 110 jib up, get a lightwt one, and you should move forward in races.
From a race standpoint, the Bristol, sabre tartan would not be on my lets for here in puget sound. You mentioned you do not like Jeanneau's. There are a few older Sunshines that fit in the size range you are talking about, that have a good race history. As are some Beneteau First series boats that may fit your range too. ALong with being nice interior, and still fairly fast, and have a decent SA/Disp for the area. Try to be above 22-1 for upwind sailing if you can.
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