This style of boat is more telling of what is coming out of Europe. Frankly, I like the look and the what they entail. Something that is easy to sail, quick, so I can get to the destination reasonably quick, especially in light airs as I have around where I sail. Even if I do only do what is known as coastal sailing. If I can gain a couple of extra knots over an old shoe, then it allows me a greater range to travel before I hit adverse currents etc. every 6-7 hrs or so here in puget sound/salish sea area.
I can not afford one of these new boats, but maybe someday I can either used or new. I doubt there will be too many in the states, as folks seem to think one needs 2" of iron or equal on the hull, full keels etc to be blue water, much less coastal cruise at times.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!