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Yeah, the C-38, like many of her era that were IOR influenced do behave a bit squirrely when sailed DDW in a breeze. Whether it's strictly due to hull form or sailplan is often debated, but generally these boats have tall, high aspect "skinny" mainsails and very long J measurements which makes for huge genoas and kites. I believe much of the rolling action DDW is a combination of the deep, fine bow sections and the essentially unbalanced sailplan with the large kite out to one side, supposedly offset by the sliver of a mainsail.
Back in the day the racers set "bloopers" outside the main to balance the sail plan better (and add more area at the same time) Talking to those who used to do that, it did help alleviate the rolling, though obviously it complicated things tremendously when it came time to gybe.
As Eagledancer suggested, any of these boats can be managed by careful selection of sails, choosing when to fly the kite, and sailing conservative angles to minimize the risk of losing control in a breeze.
If you like the boat, don't let that aspect scare you away. But do look for the proper sized gear (winches, especially) in order to be able to handle the loads without a crew of deck apes.
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