Confused about overhangs...
I wanted to add a comment about my experiences to this very interesting discussion.
I have a 1985 Wauquiez Hood 38 and was actually out in the same conditions as Jeff H in the same waters on the same day we got 30knot winds. My 38 footer is not light at 22,000 lbs and does not have plumb bow or flat aft section of the hull. But at 31ft LWL and a PHRF of 129 she is also not a traditional design. Quite moderate in all respects.
First, regarding the flat hull sections aft and slapping at anchor. I have also found that true, especially for boats that have rather thin inner liners. I have slept aboard boats like that and just could not get to sleep, even in a quiet anchorage. The Hood 38 has moderate overhangs and a nice curve aft, she is very quiet at anchor.
She also has a wonderful motion in a seaway. The bow has a good balance of reserve bouyancy, in my simple estimation. She has none of the bad qualities that Jeff mentions and she also does not submarine at all. IMHO that is an important feature, as it keeps her dry.
As I mentioned, I was also out in a 30knot blow the day Jeff was, last season. Big swells. It was a terrific ride. I was experimenting with different sail configurations and at one point was reaching under reefed jib alone (which I would not normally do), 8.5 knots by GPS, no water over the bow, only 15 degrees of heel, very comfy ride...in fact had two fairweather boats napping aboard, one in the cockpit, the other below.
The Hood 38 design sacrifices some beam and adds a good deal of ballast to get its stability and speed. But with an 11''9" beam, it is not much and unnoticable below. She can roll more than wider beam boats but only under power, not under sail.
In looking at the hull forms of boats I was considering (and emailing Jeff for his much appreciated advice), I decided that two things were important to me, among the myriad to consider in the price range I had: NOT slapping at anchor and having a good amount of reserve bouyancy. I am pleased on both accounts.
The message is that there are a number of more moderate design''s from the 80''s that are a good compromise between the new flat/plumb boats being built now and the older CCA and IOR boats from a while ago. These moderate designs can be visually beautiful, somewhat fast and quite secure in a seaway.
My best to all