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We sail a hunter 34 out of Ventura on occasion, and in the same conditions (or worse, usually) and it is like a hobby horse. Even I don't like the action on it, so much... I think it is a function of a narrow(bow to stern-wise) fin keel and the light weight. (not much experience here, but...) We have sailed a few older, heavier boats that seemed less 'pitchy'. You might try crewing on some other boats, both older-heavier and newer-longer, to see how you like them. If you crew as newbie racers, so much the better, you may find much different perspective on sailing, boats, and adventure... Also, what others said about leaving the main up (to quiet the sideways motion) and easing sheets to lessen heel.
Hope you find your solution! Also, wouldn't mind sailing with you, ourselves, if you'ld like another couple to go along. My wife probably feels much the same about the venture.
Last edited by mrlassiter; 10-20-2011 at 08:52 AM.