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The J36, like many of her sisters are also lightly ballasted and would rely on a largish crew to keep her on her feet in a blow. Do/will you have that kind of crew resources available?
If you are hoping to sail with 3 or 4, you need to look smaller, like the older C&Cs, CSs, Tartans etc. Ratings in the low 100s will tend to put you into non planing 34-36 footers, or lightweight planing 24-28 footers. If you put yourself into the high 180 - 190 - 200 range you open up a much wider range of possibilities - C&C 30s, 29s, Ranger 28/29, Viking 28,- all decent performing racer/cruisers that can actually be used for the family cruise when desired.
Running a racing program where you need to have 7 or 8 (or more) onboard to be competitive complicates things.