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What a very odd thing to say! What I can tell you from personal experience is this. I have sailed extensively on the great lakes on a vessel with a 45' waterline and the short period (though heights can reach 8 feet in a decent blow, even low twenties on superior) waves caused it to pound where my current 25 footer in 6-8 feet with 25 or so foot periods is much more comfortable(though one does feel very small!)
I have sailed a 28' waterline vessel in the pacific with very long period waves and again been much more comfortable.
I work on a 110' power boat, much longer than any wave length we have encountered and it gets beat to snot heading into waves on the atlantic, in the carribean the med and the pacific to long waterline doesn't seem to smooth things out so much.
I think that all boats, based on lwl fineness (if that is a word) of bow, deadrise or flatness of bottom will have particlular conditions that are good or bad for them but the blanket statement your turkish friends are meaking seems...odd.