Originally Posted by sailingdog
Many modern boats are far more beamy and designed to be more "floating condo" than sailboat in some ways. A coastal cruiser can afford the negatives of the changes in modern boat design, far better than a bluewater boat.
Large open spaces found in many newer designs are rather quite dangerous in heavy seas. Getting thrown across a salon that is six feet wide is less dangerous than getting thrown 10 feet. Most modern coastal cruisers don't have any berths that would be suitable for use on a longer, heavy weather open ocean passage. The roomy cabins that sell a boat at a boat show, don't make much sense on a bluewater passage.
I think I'd add glazing to this list. Some coastal boats seem intent on making it light and bright down below, it can be difficult (read "more expensive") to make that expanse of clear plexiglas stout enough to resist the force of tons of water when the going gets rough.
Now shall we start a separate thread on the sugar-scoop transoms vs traditional closed ones?