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"full keel boat? They are slower, and don't point as high but they are usually much more comfortable at sea."
Just as a point of reference here, the fact that a boat has a full keel has nothing to do with a boats comfort at sea or seaworthiness. Some of the worst sea boats that I have ever sailed on have had full keels. The big items that affect motion comfort is a product of hull form (buoyancy distribution), weight distribution (both vertically and longituninally), and dampening. Seaworthiness is affected by a huge number of factors but the length of the keel turns out to have no bearing at all.
Personally, I find that many, if not most of the fiberglass hulled full keeled yachts tend to have comparatively high vertical center of gravities and poor dampening resulting in miserable motion in terms of large pitch and roll angles. may of the better newer designs actually significantly lower center of gravities, finer entries, much better dampening characteristics, and better longitudinal weight distributions, resulting in much easier motions on the crew.