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You might be surprised at this but that old Triton may not be a terrible boat for your needs. Sure, on PHRF ratings, its slow like hell. But as full keel sailboats goes, the Triton is better than average. PHRF ratings do not necessarily prove exactly how fast a sailboat is.
I read somewhere online (forget where) that the performance of full keel sailboats tend to drop alot as compared to a similar length fin keel sailboats once you go past 30 feet. More difficult to overcome the increased wetted surface, it seems to have something to do with that. I don't know if any of this is true but I do note that owners of full keel sailboats over 30 feet tend to grumble much more often on the slowness of their boats as compared to those who own a full keeler under 30 feet.
I sail Fizz, a Sea Sprite 23. She is designed by Carl Alberg and was his first fiberglass sailboat (1954 but first built in 1957). Google the Sea Sprite 23 and you can see how beautiful it is.
I did not buy Fizz for her speed. I bought her for the looks. But once I sailed her for the first time, she was surprisingly fast... in 5 - 10 knot winds - the predominant winds in the summers for me. I have a 130% genoa, a largish genoa is important for light airs. In the area I sail, few boats can touch me in winds under 10 knots. I sail circles around a local Bristol 32, a sailboat you said you admire. Its a beautiful sailboat but trust me, don't buy it if you want light air performance. It goes good in winds over 15 knots but below that, even with a 150% genoa, I still can beat it with a little jib aloft on Fizz.
If you like the feel of a lightweight fin keel with spade sailboat, then the Alerion Express is the one, period. If you feel you might not mind a heavy full keel sailboat that will (with at least 130% or above genoa) go well in light winds but has slooow accleration, you might like the Triton. Go and bum a ride on a Triton or her smaller sister, the Ariel and see how you like them. They're certainly dirt cheap as compared to an Alerion Express.
Fair Breezes - Casey