... While many modern, high performance boats can plane when the conditions are right I have yet to see a cruising boat of any flavor do this. ...
Well, there is always a first time
This was the sailing boat that won was the 2012 European boat of the year on the performance cruiser category, the Pogo 12.50. the boat is not even a cruiser racer since is rating is so bad that would be pretty useless in handicap racing. The same builder has a racer that had inspired this boat, the racer is much lighter and has much more sail (it is a class40 solor-racer). The success of the boat as a cruiser has been huge. They have a waiting list of more than a year. Many are bluewater cruising extensively on this boat.
There are a member with one (first time he cruised he has done 16K easily) and another one is on that waiting list. Eric only uses the boat to cruise with the family, no racing involved or planned.
The fact is that it takes so much effort and skill to make a sailing vessel sustain a plane that this kind of performance is way beyond the crew of the average cruising vessel regardless of design. Maybe if you cruise with a crew of twelve 20 year old guys, preferably in their off season from rugby, you could do it. But that does not sound like my idea of cruising.
" You, what's your name, get the number three kite on deck."
Not on a cruising boat that is derived from a solo racer. This one, like the solo racer can plane on autopilot. The solo racers sleep while the boat is planing and they took the knowledge that allows them to do that to the cruising world. The cruiser Pogo comes with a top autopilot, similar to the ones of racing boats.