Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
I understand that you have to have the actual physical space to put your stuff, and if your kind of cruising requires you to carry enough canned food and water to be at sea for months, then you should choose your boat accordingly. In many cases I suspect that people fill up whatever size boat they have with stuff! Just like when I had a condo, and moved into a townhouse, I couldn't believe how much space I had for my stuff. A few years later, the townhouse was full. Then came the house! Tons of space! Now, there is no room in the 2 car garage because of all the stuff! I suspect the same principle applies to boats!
Of course if you are taking all your worldly possessions to sea with you, a big heavy tub might be exactly what you need! That certainly isn't what I would want.
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig