When we built our boat did some things that added a hundred or more pounds in the bow that wasn't necessary. Carried 230' of 3/8" chain, a 35# and a 45# anchor
on the bowsprit
. Did stow the chain under the V berth rather than forward in the bow. Had the composite ballast which was carried farther forward and aft than the later all lead cast ballast. The boat would hobby horse in light winds and choppy, close spaced waves. Fall off a bit and/or get wind
more than about 8k and boat would sail fine. Open ocean conditions, boat went to weather
without complaint, didn't pound and made decent tine. Had to sail close hauled in force 4 winds to lay the Marquesas
once south of the doldrums. Averaged 125 miles a day for four days.
Once we got back, pulled out the chain and the anchors off the sprit. Was amazed at how much better the boat sailed to weather
in light air with all that weight out of the bow. Using 5/16" chain, stowing only one anchor
on the sprit, should improve light air/choppy sailing ability to weather.
Having said the above, the design of the boat with a fairly narrow aft sections and fat forward sections is a design that makes the boat prone to hobby horsing.