Re: Why a racer for cruising discussion...
I like my Hybrid Racer cruiser from the 60's. Realitivly heavy for a racer, great performance for a cruiser. Best of both worlds. I just added a little 8 horse out board for tight quarters, but basically sail enginelss. I leave May 9th for Honduras and the engine will be stowed away before departure. Point being performance in light winds is crucial. My Asym. spin. is a very important part of my inventory. A guy just sailed by me in a West Sail with Tanbark sails. reefed down, club footed jib, making hull speed in 15 knots, on a running reech down Gov. cut in Miami about an hour ago, running in front of some looming heavy weather, and I gotta say I was envious. I think west Sails, or big HD double enders make great long term cruisers as well.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"