You usually provide good advice on many sailing topics, but I think your remark about "Lord Nelson" boats was uncalled for.
It''s ok by me that you don''t care for them, but your remark seems to imply that they are "bad" boats. I (and many others) do not think they are "bad" boats. They are indeed heavy, but they are solidly built, and have a very nice motion in a seaway. They were built to be used as passage-makers, and for that (I think) they are ideally suited.
They may not win many races, but those who sail them can rest assured they''ll arrive wherever they intend to go, even if it takes a bit longer. When I think of comparing a heavy boat to a lighter one, I think of the "Tortoise and the Hare" story.
~ Happy sails to you. ~ _/) ~