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These boats are based on the Doug Peterson designed Chaser 29 - US purchased the molds and modified the deck/interior into more of a cruiser.
Typical IOR influenced design of the era, good upwind, requires a range to headsails due to small high aspect main for good performance in a variety of conditions. This is probably not a boat you'd want to put a 150 genny on a furler and try to get by with that.
It's going to be a bit skittish downwind in a breeze with a spinnaker, but with careful sail selection it may be an OK coastal cruiser. There were some issues with construction.. IIRC bulkheads were not tabbed in place, etc, but for fair weather summer sailing it might be fine.
One of US/Buccaneer/Bayliner yachts' better designs (within its inherent limitations) but as you've noted with limited cockpit space due to it's pinched ends.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)