A 'test sail' isn't going to solve your problem. Any boat will sail nice and smoothly in 10 kts of wind. A real heavy boat will be a dream in 20 kts and a pig in 5 kts. A lightweight racer will be a dream in 5 kts but will make your wife scream in 20 (a bunch of racers would scream too, but with delight).
IMHO, it sounds like your wife would like a more comfortable, more traditional boat. I don't think a First 30 would be the right boat for her. The Oceanus line would be more to her liking than the First line.
Day To Remember, 1986 O'day 35 For Sale
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110 For Sail
Mt. Sinai, NY
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