Originally Posted by tdw
Paulo, I take your point and if I was doing a succession of 80nm hops I'd also think the extra couple of knots would be important.
Reality is however that I'm a dawdler, a slowpoke, someone who enjoys getting to an anchorage and hanging around for a few days.
I think that is why we (that is all of us , not you and me) have these long term discussions on the subject of the "perfect" cruising boat. Need to do 80nm every day for ten days ? Hell yeah, I'd want the fastest possible ride as well. Do a lot of day sailing ? Give me speed. I wanna boogie.
Lets face it, I spend far more time slouching about , reading, listening to music, eating and drinking than I do actually sailing. Now I don't want a complete slug and yes I admit that our dear old Raven does not move in under 5knots of wind and really needs plus ten to get along little doggy (dogey?) but if I can passage make on the basis of 5knts average, reality is I am content.
To have sailed a true performance yacht up to Port Stephens in those conditions would have been seriously exhilarating with a crew of four or more. For a crew of two old farts like us it would have been exhausting. Were we doing the same up north near the Whitsundays then the fast boat would have been a gem not doubt, in the seas we were in not so much.
I agree with everything you said except with the last part. On this thread you find lots of different boats for lots of sailors with different needs and tastes. I like the differences and the different types of boats. If I could I would have several and one of them with be a classic one, a fast boat from the 30's.
To have sailed a true performance yacht up to Port Stephens in those conditions would have been seriously exhilarating with a crew of four or more. For a crew of two old farts like us it would have been exhausting.
I don't think you are right. See, a performance boat has a huge stability that is needed to carry a lot of sail. If you push the boat and go really fast yes it could be a fun but sportive and tiring ride. But reef those sails go at less 1 or 1.5K (and even so faster than other no performance boats) and that superior stability (RM) will give you a no thrills fast and efficient motion with plenty of directional stability and little heel.
As an old Dragonfly solo cruiser (more than 70 year's old) said to a friend of mine when he asked him if that fast trimaran was not too much for him: "Well, I can go slower, but you can't go faster"