Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
What i don't understand is, why does everyone seem to accept the assumption that a more performance oriented boat cannot be loaded up with the same amount of gear and provisions as slower, porkier cruising boats. Performance cruisers aren't kept light because their hull form can't handle the load, they are kept light because lighter is faster. There is no reason you couldn't. Fit out a J120 for serious cruising, and it will still sail better than a loaded down Catalina. At least on the performance boats you aren't wasting cargo capacity on heavy furniture and un neccessary woodwork. I have sailed on a J160 that has all of the extra tankage, generator, and even a dive compressor, and is still blazing fast, and plenty comfortable.
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
Last edited by SchockT; 04-25-2013 at 07:29 PM.