[QUOTE=Jman;1925233]We have a Luders 36 which only has a 25' waterline. It was the way they were designed for rating at the time. When they heal over the overhangs get into the water and stretch the water line out to nearly LOA. She is surprisingly fast, at least in the ad hoc races we do with other unsuspecting newer boats of similar LOA.
Summary: not sure you can say it isn't a good thing.
Off topic: Q: how many boats does it take to race
? A: Two, but only one needs to know. /QUOTE]
My boat is very similar with an almost 20' waterline on a 27' boat, but with the Bristol 32 I was thinking 22' of water line is quite short.
Those Bristol 32's look nice though but I'm thinking my next boat should be 30'-33' long about with at least a 24.5' - 27' waterline. A little more pointing ability would be nice in certain situations.