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Really? PHRF ratings Nauticat et al.
I continue my search for the right boat and am increasingly looking to PHRF ratings for guidance as a first indicator of the boat's ability to sail to weather. (My limited experience in autos suggests that racers are very careful about such things in spite of politics.)
I was surprised to see a 35 Nauticat at 180 which is similar to Hans Christian 38 at 192, Hallberg Rassy 35 at 180, Island Packet 35 at 186, Tayana 37 at 180, and much better than a Westsail 32 at 213 or Island Packet 32 at 198.
The reviews that I have read say that the Nauticat will need auxiliary support going to weather with less than about 10 knots true wind, but I am surprised that it would sail as well or better than the other boats that I listed. Can you affirm that the Nauticat sails as well to weather as the PHRF suggests? If so, then two cabins, two heads, an independent galley, and a very nice second helm cabin look pretty good.
Does the Nauticat PHRF of 180 in comparison to the others listed make sense to you?