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Old 06-29-2013
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Re: The Search Widens Before it Narrows

Originally Posted by dvuyxx View Post
I put together a lot of crazy spreadsheets and decision tree doodles during that process. I realized around that time that performance wasn't that important. As much as I dreamed about wet rails and white knuckle tacks, it was clear that I needed a family cruiser that could take a beating. I bought a sound boat that needed a lot of restoration, but mostly cosmetic.
Your boat isn't exactly slow either but a good combo of stability, accommodations. Performance should be a factor. If it won't sail in 5-10 you be motoring a lot. On a cruising trip of 8 hours per day a boat 1 knot faster picks up 8 miles in a day or an extra day in a week.

It's all about tradeoffs usually, but personally I wouldn't enjoy having a slow boat or motoring while everyone else sailed, or boat which will not go to windward well.
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