Thanks so much for all the information you provided. There is a www.Farr30.com
website that I believe is trying to drum up US support for the "Farr 30." From what I can gather, these are boats designed, but not built by Farr for the Pacific Basin market. It is a rare boat in the US. Check out: http://www.farrdesign.com/054.htm)
However, based on your comments, it seems that limited off shore use, such as a passage from Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas, or the Chicago-Macinaw race would be ill-advised in a vessel such as this.
Many thanks again!!