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Not with standing the Tartan/C&C debacle. A correctly built epoxy boat as stated will be lighter and stronger. MOST epoxy boats have been, or at least I seem to see, custom racing sleds of some sort, with the last 5'ish yrs lead by Tartan/C&C the attempt at putting production boats out made of epoxy. Not with standing the problems, a C&C 99 or 115 even a 110 would be on my short list if there was not the build problems, maybe only 2 real problems on my list of boats to buy.
Lead vs steel, take your pick. As you know with your Attalia, and so far with my Arcadia, steel keels work. A combo is probably the best of both worlds if you will.
Alum vs carbon. I'd take a carbon over an alum. If my mast went south tomorrow, I would get a carbon mast over replacing it with alum. Some have mentioned the lightening aspect. But in all honesty, we here in the NW US/SW Canada ie puget sound st of georgia like you are in, do not get the coud to ground lightening strikes like back east. Most lightening is cloud to cloud around here when we have a storm. I do not see as big an issue as maybe back east, but then again, knowing my pention for attempting to have the best tech I can within my budget..........away we go.
In the end, choose the material that will work best for you, with the plus's and minus's that suit you. Just like Cam has a shoal draft boat, ketch rig, I'd personally look for the deepest draft sloop rig of the same style, as we here really do not need to deal with the bridge and draft constraints he does on the east coast. Again it is a choose what works for you here in this area, not east coast if this is where you will sail for the time being.
On the other hand, if you want to stay with Jeanneau, I would look at the newer SO 35 or 37, if you want a bit more performance, look at the sunfast versions.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!