Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
What you write is the essential reason for the huge variety of boats and the continued demand for custom designs.
Everybody's idea of the "ideal" sailboat is different - even within the various subsets like cruising boats.
Even within the different points in a single persons life for that matter.
I can well appreciate the "all the comforts of home" offered by Huntabenelinas but my taste runs more towards a more "roughing it" type of boat - simpler and with more personality. I also prefer more involvement in boat handling than the set it and forget it, all furling rigs.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.