It shouldn't be too hard to reconcile this philosophically. All boats and ships, regardless of their purpose, used to be racers. All of them were designed for a purpose and then designed to spend the minimum time at sea accomplishing it in the most productive way. No one designed something to be lived upon just for the living upon of it! (g)
This explains everything from the Australian wool clippers to the Down East fishing schooners, to the America, the SS United States, and today's high speed ferries.
We're a little confused today. We've passenger ships that go on cruises that amount to nothing more than heading out over the horizon and doing circles in the water. Likewise we have boats that are designed to sail as a secondary function. We're rightfully bored with both.
Back to the advert. game. You notice how no one advertises a "slow cruiser"? (g)
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