Wauquiez is/was an excellent builder
. Wouldn't worry about the construction. Sailed a bit on the 37's little brother the Allied
Chance 30. It didn't have any significant nasty points. Was not a fast boat on a reach because of the small main dictated by the IOR rule
but went to weather
very well. One potential problem with the chance 30 was the possibility of twisting the keel
. One went aground and then pivoted on the keel
putting a permanent twist in it. Did really well to weather
on one tack but not so hot on the other. Don't know how significant a problem this was but happened to at least one boat.
Jon Eisberg over on the CSBB board has a Chance, believe it's the 37 but not absolutely sure. He rotates it from the NE to the Carribean most every year. Believe he sails single
handed. He was late getting underway this year and is iced in on his mooring
and having the wonderful experience of the NE in winter. Might see if you can scout him up and get an opinion. He's a delivery skipper
so has a lot of experience in making a comparison. Sweet... I'm raising a glass to you this evening...