Threms, nice response and very understandable. It is for the reasons you listed that I am soon to be a 26M owner. I have very little sailing experience, so I would not be able to get the most out of a truly good sailing boat. I live close to several lakes and the ocean (the beautiful gulf islands in British Columbia, Canada), so I can take my pick of which waters to enjoy any time I want and don't have to worry about moorage fees. It is a great beginner's boat if you are new to sailing and it's a spacious cruiser (for a trailerable 26) if you're interested in just enjoying being out on the water and not trying to squeeze every last knot out of the available wind. It's great for weekend getaways in comfort and is very inexpensive compared to other boats of its size.
It is not a racing sailboat
It is not a speed boat
It IS a very versatile, inexpensive, safe and fun boat letting you get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors, which is what it's really all about.