I sail a Downeast 32, in the heavy boat class. Every once in awhile I want a faster sailing boat until the wind picks up, anything over 20mph and my boat will go with the best of them and at 12-15K I may be a little slower but as I live on the boat, it gives me the comfort to live on it, cook on it and generally enjoy being on the water and not hanging on for dear life. I've sailed on Lake Superior for years, now in Florida for my second winter on the boat having taken it back and forth to Michigan. We will start our journey north and follow spring up the east coast, across the great lakes and back to our home in Houghton, mi. next week. In my opinion and for the type of sailing I do I think my boat serves me well and it still makes my heart go when see it at anchor. So I guess I give a thumbs up to the very sturdy downeast 32.