I would agree with you that there are more ruggedly built boats than my Lancer. Still after removing the saildrive from her this last season I was pleased to find a full inch of hand layed fiberglass between myself and the water at one of the lowest points on the boat. And having that much right in behind the keel, I had to smile. I have confinence in her that she can handle alot more in the way of seas than I could muself. I will never be taking her more than a few miles off shore. 99.75% of my sailing will be inland or in the protected waters of the Puget Sound / Gulf of San Juan. I have asureity she can handle a trip to Portland if I ever get the wild hair. In short there are few boats made that can''t be made to handle blue water. Not that it is warranted but it can be done safely. I have even heard of Macs taking on the waters from the West Coast to Hawaii. Sounds crazy to me but it does show that even a thin hull boat like that can do alot if configured correctly.