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First some clarification might be in order; there's a Cheoy Lee Luders and a Pedrick 36 - two quite different boats.
The Babas are pretty typical of his work of that type, heavyish, pretty, good sailors although no go-to-weather machines like other more spritely designs. I don't think RP has ever designed an unattractive boat (well... maybe one, but that's another subject)
Not knowing which Cheoy Lee makes comparisons more difficult.. I'd guess it's the Luders which may well be essentially similar in concept. Of course a boat 6 feet longer is going to offer more of some things.. hopefully space and speed but also cost.
As a coastal cruiser my preference would be something with more zip, esp beating in narrow channels, but that's our area - yours may differ.
There are plenty of these types of boats cruising far and wide - just not sure that's the ideal for localized coastal cruising.
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