Actually I did look at the 26S. I still like the 26X better - just a personal preference thing. Like I said, I am going to have to save up the cash so I very well may get tired of waiting and stop at a 26S on my way to the X
As far as the "best sailer of the bunch" goes, I'm looking at it more from a "best cruiser for us" point of view. We own a Snipe so if I want to get the rails in the water and fly around I can always hop in the Snipe and get my white knuckle fix.