If you’re buying either of these two Jeanneau yachts -- or for that matter almost any other cruising yacht offered today on the production boat market -- I strongly recommend that you take into account Bill Lee’s "three most important speed-producing factors." First, I urge you to opt for a folding or feathering propeller in place of the less expensive fixed propellers that often come as standard equipment. Folding or feathering propellers can increase sailing speeds in the range of one-half to three-quarters of a knot under most sailing conditions and make any boat tack better too. Second, I recommend highly a "classic" conventional-hoist mainsail as opposed to those mainsails that roll up in the mast. Classic mainsails have slides, a headboard, real battens and, hopefully, lazy jacks or a Dutchman system to control the canvas when dropping or reefing. Mainsails that roll up in the mast are at a distinct performance disadvantage relative to the classic mainsail, because the mast is heavier which increases weight aloft, and because the sail is smaller with no headboard, battens or roach. Third, most boats offered today, including Jeanneaus, offer several different draft options. Buy as much draft as you can stand. While sailors have dreams of being anchored in beautiful shallow coves, the reality is that deeper draft gives markedly superior performance out in the real ocean. Deeper draft provides a better aspect ratio for the keel and better lift-to-drag, which are major contributors to speed upwind. Also, a shoal-draft boat must have more ballast to produce the required righting moment; hence, it is heavier and slower all the time. The bottom line is that real draft equals better performance.