Sailing on your day off, that's the spirit. You'll find your answers on the water, not so much here.
If you come back to consider more, then consider what your wife doesn't like about chop and whether it's really the boat that is the problem. She may never be okay with chop, if you don't solve the right problem.
I don't presume to know at all. Does she simply fear sinking? Being thrown overboard? Do you seem more stressed by the conditions as they boil up? (we all do to some degree). Anyway, that may be the place to start here.
All the best.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.