Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
Racers which slowed down while tacking were said to have "Excess directional stability." On an offshore cruising boat, there is no such thing as "Excess directional stability" the more the better. If a piece of gear on a racing boat doesnt break from time to time, it is deemed to be "Overbuilt." Cruising boat and racing boat priorities are exactly opposites , in these, and many more ways
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"