"Tender" is a derogatory term used by cruisers to describe a sailboat that has acceleration you can feel through your seat and may move well in light air. Usually applied to designs know as cruiser/racers or racer/cruisers. ("Unstable" or "Death-traps" is a cruising term for racing sailboats).
Our Pearson 27 threw herself on her ear to about 15º in much of any wind but hardened up solidly and would only heel a bit more thereafter. When you know it's coming it's not bad but we did startle a few guests who were used to more beamy modern or older heavy displacement sailboats.
And yes, that boat would broach and round up if you tried to stretch the full main and were too lazy to reef early (or were charging for speed). All boats are compromises.
Having raced Thistles the Pearson felt like a rock to us and we loved it.
"Tender" can be synonomous with "responsive". You don't call a car with sport suspendion "tender". Same concept. Sailboats are built to perform different functions in varying conditions. Choose wisely. ;-)
The Sabre 28 is a heck of a lot of boat in 28 feet. If you want long range cruising maybe not the best choice as it will suffer from being heavily provisioned and will not track well in heavy seas, but it will also harden up from the added weight and folks do take them all over. If, however, you want to pick of Catalina 28's during the day and sleep in a slip or anchorage at night it is a primo 28 footer.
You also have to consider that in the , late 60's, 70's and early 80's there was a handicapping system for racing that rewarded boats with overhangs or short waterlines and angled entrys. To get these boats to perform they had to quickly lean over, effectively lengthening the waterline and getting some lift from the wetted hull-shape. Some of the designs went too far and were not very capable cruisers at all. Nothing like the sensible race sailboats of today with their "surprise-detach" keels and twist away rudders. The rules changed and now you see beamy, fat arsed boats with bluff bows. Flat bottomed boats are not tender, but neither are they especially pleasant to ride in roused wave conditions.
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Last edited by Delirious; 09-30-2008 at 10:30 PM.