allied and others
It is a complete myth that heavier boats cannot sail in light winds. There are many variables. IF there is adequate canvas and light air sails - including a big nylon drifter, and IF the bottom is clean and IF drag is reduced with a folding prop and IF the skipper knows how to sail you can get very respectable light air performance out of the Allied Seawind, Bristol Channel Cutter etc. In fact, according to Practical Sailor, the Allied Seawind II is quite spritely in light winds. Of course a light racer cruiser will be faster, all things being equal, until it starts to blow 30 knots and the Pearson owner will be trying to save his butt and the Allied owner will be having a blast. The Allied will hold twice the gear without being overloaded, and it sails like a dream - needing little attention to the helm in most conditions. The Pearson is more like a sports car, and will require your constant attention to the helm.