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Hey- I made a comment about the Gulfstar 40 in the other thread, my dad owned one as a kid, and sold it to get a J-44, which he owned for 6 years. Both boats raced and cruised extensively.
The 44 will obviously sail circles around the G-40, but I still love the G-40. Very solid and comfortable feel, and the shoal draft for cruising made a big difference on the Chesapeake.
If you are looking into performance cruising, have you thought about a J-120? It will hang with a J-44 in just about all conditions, and is a heck of a lot easier to sail (I've done much ocean racing on one). Also, the J-120 has a lot of ergonomic fixes that make the boat much more comfortable and easier to handle at sea.