Originally Posted by PCP
Yes, tastes are relative, performances not.
That does not mean that it is not an excellent cruiser, a boat that will fulfill completely the role for the market it was designed. It would be less fast in light wind than any performance cruiser, a fast and stable boat downwind with enough wind, an acceptable boat upwind in flat water and a not very good one, or comfortable one upwind with waves.
Anyway most of that market target (mass market) will not beat upwind and will just motor, so that is not really a problem.
As I have written before, I am not that shure it will be bad upwind. At least my Oceanis 40 was definitively not uncomfortable, at least not up to 30 knots and nasty 1,5 m waves with short amplitude.
It is amusing me though to see all these boats motoring upwind, slamming hard. A boat sailing upwind has a much softer ride and is often almost as quick, at least in higher winds. But sure, you have to do some physical work and that seems to be a big hurdel for many.