Performance Cruisers and Racer/Cruisers
There is definitely a solid market out there for more performance oriented cruising boats. For some it is the superior sailing qualities of a performance boat, and the ability to get to that weekend anchorage faster than the next guy. For others it is the ability to go out and race with the boys one weekend, and then take the family out cruising the next. It may just be the ability to sail reasonably fast even when the wind strength or direction is less than ideal. Many of us would never be satisfied with a big fat full-keeled slug that needs 20kts to get going, regardless of how comfy it might be, or how much junk you can stow on board.
Having said that, my wife and I both agree that it would be nice to have many of the cruising amenities that we don't have on our current boat. The trick is to find the right balance between creature comforts and sailing performance. When we upgrade our boat next we would like to find that balance in a 35-40ft boat.
So what is the ultimate production performance cruiser or cruiser/racer out there?
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig