Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
Outbound, thanks for the compliments on the Vindo. They are indeed very attractive, though I suppose not for everyone's taste (as this thread has proven!). Sorry to mislead you in my signature, it's 35ft, not 50ft. The model was called a Vindo 50 because it carried 50 square meteres of sail.
And Bob you have hit the nail on the head with this one:
""I'd love a radical 50' cruising boat but all I can afford is this old Pearson." So we own the boats we like and the boats we can afford. We keep our bottoms clean. We maintain our gear and we buy the best sails we can afford, new or used. And, here's the clincher, we all enjoy our boats."
I bought this boat because it was the best quality boat I could afford and it pleased my eye. There are times I wish I could get it to move better in light air, but otherwise I'm happy with it. The wife and kids and I get to go cruising and have a blast. We're comfortable on board and it gets the job done.