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Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...

Bob, the one great thing we all gloss over is also the great determining factor and that is WHAT DOES THE MRS. WANT? My bride is the one who likes host parties and such for the other couples in the anchorage so even in our little C34, being able to sit six in the cockpit for cocktails and four comfortably for dinner is a must. I know, it’s a cross I have to bear, but I do get a lot of sailing out of it. Interesting observation about displacement and volume. Is it safe to assume for every 1,000 of displacement there is 15.6 CF of potential storage? I know that it can’t be an exact number, but it is an interesting way making a comparison between boats. Another thing that keeps me away from the go-fast boats is I discovered much to my chagrin when we were beating off of Cabo Falso in thirty knots of breeze, is my wife absolutely detests running backs! Which opens up a whole another can of worms concerning the desirability of a complicated rig on a cruising boat.
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