The issue with "WHAT" makes a good cruiser as I think you are implying, will depend upon a lot of factors, ie where you cruise, are you dock/marina hoping, going across a pond, be it literally 100 yds setting up a tent on the other side, or 100+ miles across a pond called the pacific, atlantic, Mediterranean, baltic or what ever sea or ocean or sound or __________
Hence where I am sure why some of us like one something, other slightly different.......all the above mentioned boats will cruise, its just where one will cruise them too. Just as my boat (article linked) while designed to ocean go, most probably would not take it across an Atlantic pond, but would the Med or salish sea where I am.
what works in light airs......not a colin archer, been on some of them........
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!