Jeff, what happened to Bill Crealock in your account of the design evolution of the W32? Seems like he deserves at least a ''mention'' since he''s credited with the design, no matter how many iterations proceeded him.<g>
I can''t think of a popular boat more deserving of the ''displacement'' viewpoint, rather than Length on Deck. As I''ve said before, when I side-tie to our friend''s W32 we almost match up like twins: mast height, LOA, beam, displacement, draft all very similar, yet our boat is about twice the size & functionality inside and much faster despite being tubby.
For those surprised by Jeff''s comment that the critical dimension is displacement, think about the commonly accepted boat-comparison measurements (SA/D ratio, B/D ratio, etc.) - what prime measurement do they all use? It surely isn''t LOA or LOD.