I am going to jump in and defend Jeff H's posts, which I find very informative, whether you agree with them or not. As I read it, Jeff does not particulary like the extremes in yacht design obtained under the IOR rules. After the '79 Fastnet tragedy, many have spoken out against the extreme designs resulting from IOR, resulting in its demise.
Also, let's face it, there are some objectively crappy boats out there, just as there are with any designed and manufactured item.
Here is a thread where Jeff H recommends a number of boats (no Porsches or Benzes) for a first time buyer, and they sound like wise recommendations (so he could not be accused of criticizing everything):
First time sail boat buyer