J/109 vs X-35

This week’s reader question.

As I might be a bit biased, I think it would be great to hear your opinion on this first!?

I am a big fan and follow your sailing team.

I am currently considering buying a boat and have a question, which I hope that you may be able to answer. 

I am considering buying a X-35, J-109, or J-97. Mainly for short time cruising (mainly short-handed and around Denmark/Scandinavia) or occasional club racing. When I speak to other people I always receive a comment that “a J-109 is much easier to sail” or “it is very difficult to push an X-35 to sail quickly”. Could you please express your opinion on whether it is really so difficult to sail a X-35 and, which boat do you like better? If you have an opinion. 

Another question regarding the X-35. How big is the difference in the performance of standard versus shallow draft yachts? I have no experience with any of the boats but I know that you used to have a J-109 and because of your immense experience I think that you will provide a qualified answer. I really appreciate your time and look forward to receiving your answer.