Having experienced 60-plus knots on Lake Ontario
during squalls, as opposed to 45 knots or so on the open Atlantic, I would tend to agree.
But it's a different case in my view.
The squalls on Lake Ontario
, while strong, are over sometimes in a matter of minutes. You can get 25 knots around the clock in the Caribbean for weeks at a time, with higher gusts. There's no comparison when it comes to wind
, and most Lake Ontario
boats have, in general, lighter weight working sails because 15 knots is all there is much of the time, and 15 knots is the top speed they will go out into. Triple stitching and beefy tape at the corners not required or desired. Add to that that the sails might be quite elderly, if still good for Lake Ontario absent squalls, and you have a situation where the sails flog and chafe and split after a month in the strong tropical sunshine. Perhaps for some reason, both boat sellers installed "offshore-weight" sails for their daysailers, but I would guess it's more likely you have a newer set of light-air sails.
Whether the rigging on either boat was designed for island-hopping (how would that be different from any other rigging?) is not as important as its age...newer on Lake Ontario is not necessarily. Again, it's the law of averages at play. Freshwater rigging can last for ages with light service
and a close examination of pins and tangs and swage entries. Salt water
rigging has well-attested "best before" dates, so again, newer is relative.
I would still prefer the CS-36. It's easy to sail and drier than most aft. Glad to hear the engines are relatively fresh. Both are probably 35-40 HP, I would guess.