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In a general sense, narrower boats roll through a wider angle but change roll rate more slowly. For some people, this gentler transition is more comfortable.
In a general sense, a beamier boat will roll through a narrower roll angle but will be more jerky on either side of the roll (like a catamarran). For some people, this smaller amount of movement is more comfortable.
And the reason that I say, "in general" is that some of the newer designs were developed with hull shapes and weight distributions so that they offer smaller roll angles and gentler motions.
Cape Dories tend to be in the large roll angles, gentler accelleration category but make poor choices if your goal is sailing on the Chesapeake since they sail so poorly in our prevailing conditions.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay