Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
Very good points Outbound. I'm at the other extreme with Wolf- I have a 35ft full keel boat with 500 liters of water in the keel and 280 liters of diesel under the sole. The tanks being where they are give me cavernous storage throughout the boat. It's still a "4-knot sh!tbox" as they would say on SA... but it is very well built (a Vindo from Sweden) and it is very easy and inexpensive to maintain. Choices ...
Not to throw more wood on the fire, but how many miles per day does your boat do on passage compared to one of Paulo's examples like a pogo? I know mine averages about 110 miles a day, which is nothing to write home about, but at least it's a comfortable ride. My only complaint is that it doesn't move in really light air.