Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rehoboth, MA
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I'm certainly not experienced enough to talk properly about this - but I'll give my 2 cents anyway...
I have the 37 - it is indeed a heavy boat, but with an assymetrical spinaker, it works great in winds around 5 kts and by 15 kts I'm pulling the thing in. It even gets to about 40 degrees apparent! Best sailing for the 37 with normal sails is about 12 - 15 kts, but it's really easy to handle in upto 30 kt winds with a reef in. In the heavier weather, having the Staysail really helps too.
I did one race in the boat - around Prudence Island, so about 5 hours - and managed 3rd in class - and that was racing under double reefed main and staysail for part of the time!
I'd say it handles the heavy stuff reallly well, and the light stuff adequately...