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With all due respect, I wanted to clarify your points about the Farr 38. When you say, that the Farr 38 had a "tendancy to roll like a metronome in even very light seas and fall of waves that you could not even see with a crash and a shudder." and with an uncomfortable interior, I assume that you are refering to the IOR era 38 foot Farr one tonners, and not the later Farr 11.6 both of which are sometimes called Farr 38''s. The Farr 38 (IOR one tonners) were grand prix IOR era race boats. The Farr 11.6 was actually a cruising boat with a very nice interior layout (except that some of them have been stripped out to go racing).
The Farr 38 (IOR one tonners)were an entirely different boat which had very high vertical centers of gravity (They were originally designed to have centerboards) which can result in the kind of rolling that you describe and like most IOR boats of that era have a flat forward that I can imagine would pound in any kind of seaway. Quite a few of these are still out there and as you note they are quite uncomfortable, not especially seaworthy and not all that well finished.
The Farr 11.6''s were designed as offshore cruisers. Their forward sections are sharply Vee''d and fairly fine resulting an in amazingly smooth motion even in a steep chop. They have a comparatively high ballast ratio carried fairly low in a deep cast lead keel. I have not seen a tendancy toward excessive roll on the Farr 11.6 even when lying a hull, beam to, in a steep chop, and farnklly have been extremely impressed with the comfort of the boat''s motion and its poise in heavier going. Individual examples have done circumnavigations and still pretty routinely do transatlantic passages. At 20 years old, these boats are still very popular boats in places like Capetown S.A. where they routinely sail in the heavy conditions found offshore there. They have an interior that is set up for offshore sailing and so it does tend to be a little cramped compared to a modern 38 footer that is oriented towards coastal cruising, where they can tolerate greater beam and freeboard and storage, and foot and hand holds are less important, but on the other hand the interior is enormous for a 10,600 lb offshore capable boat.