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Well, I will also throw in my 2 cents on your old thread here fuzzy. Sorry I missed it.
I have owned 4 boats - with 2 of them I have done a lot of LA and distance sailing on.
The Catalina 380 was a rolly, tender girl. She had a rounded hull. She was a wing keel, moderate draft (5.5). She was an older design, based upon the old Morgans.
My 400, baesd on a newer design, is VERY sure footed and does not roll, almost at all. SHe will stop rolling before most any boat in the marina, including some motorboats. She sails pretty flat and and is slow to heel with a very predictable motion. The 400 has a 'flat' bottom and a wing keel of medium-high displacement (5'10 with the wing).
My feeling is that 'rolliness' and tenderness may go hand in hand. I also feel that it is a combination of factors with hull design (hader chimed hulls are more stable) being the main factor. However, I do not believe it is the sole factor. For example, Dad has a Tayana 42 with a rounded hull and it does not roll. She has a mod-full keel and draws about 6-6'2. She also weighs in dry at 38000 lbs!!! I think the keel and its draft play a large role in sailboats to how stable she is too.
I would look for flat/hard chimed 'bottom boats for LA and cruising. I think the stability and sure footedness make them a better choice. I cannot imagine anyone wanting to LA in a roller (which I have done). I ahve also always wondered if a potential buyer could go to the marina that his potential boat was at, and watch her as the sport fish go by, and have a pretty good feel for how tender she was going to be and how much she would roll. If I saw a boat that rolled as long or longer than other sailboats of comparable length and facing the same direction, I would probably gie that boat a pass. That is how much I hate tender/rolly boats.