as some of you know, i have a santana 525 hull #227. i love the boat. i love w.d. schock and their products. there are people here that consider their designs to be cheap and flimsy for racing and protected waters only.
i do not consider myself expert on design and construction of boats, but if given the chance, i would jump at the opportunity to build schock boats!
it is generaly believed that the j30 is over built this is why they were able to be single handed during the famous fastnet race without any damages.
i am looking for a 30 footer for cruising and all that goes with that. and the s30 and j30 are within my affordability.
i feel any boat will work as long as it is deployed durring an appropriate weather window for that boat.
for that matter, my 525 could be employed to great extent if used durring environmental conditions that are within the envelope of boats capability.
i just am looking at these 30 footers for their creature comforts as opposed to my beloved 525.