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post #14 of Old 07-11-2010
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Pudd seems to have done a lot of homework! For racing in light air the Tartan 37 and Bristol will not pass muster, though they're nice boats. We sail through their lee so fast they look to see if our engine is going. (It's not.) Passing Sabre36's in our J/36 takes about 25 seconds longer. Have you seen a J/36? The interiors are fitted out much more "cruisily" than the J/35 or Express 37, which may appeal to you. Ash ceiling lines the hull, and the bulkheads are covered in ash with mahogany trim. There are several out in the Puget Sound/Seattle area. They're likely to have been raced, but ours seems to have held up pretty well. They sail nicely too: we beat a well-sailed J/109 to the windward mark in my last race, and we've beaten the occasional Swan/NY 42 along with every J/35 we've come across on Long Island Sound. Happy hunting!
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