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Paulk—Are you talking about the Sun Oddyssey 37?
Lebishp—Paulk brings up a good point... how old are the sails on your boat, and what kind of shape are they in??
Have you tried de-powering the sails—increasing backstay tension, flattening the main with the cunningham and outhaul, moving the jib fairleads, increasing halyard tension, reefing, etc. If not, then you might want to try these techniques, before spending $140,000 on a different boat.
One other thing to consider, if you get a different boat, the deeper draft boats will often be stiffer, but will have more problems with going aground, shallow areas, etc. Some of the places you can currently go in your boat, may not be as accessible in a deeper draft boat.
The Jeanneau 37 that I think Paulk is talking about has a draft of 6' 4", which is a bit over two feet deeper than your Sabre's draft of 4' 2".
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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