If one was take your arguments than the 1,000 of cruisers out there would never get off the dock.
Tankage. Good designed boats puts the tankage below the waterline and in the centerline. This gives the boat a better CG (center of gravity) and more stability. As an example Caliber and Super Amels do this the best. I read a lot of cruisers blogs and find they run out of diesel fuel because their tankage is weak and/or pay high prices for fuel when they get somewhere when the next island or port has fuel for less. Carry jerry cans to make it somewhere is an option but it clutters the deck. Furthermore, who wants to drag them into town in a dingy, drag them back and than fill the tanks. Talk about strength!
Aft cockpits. I agree with large open cockpits can be dangerous. I have ruled out most production boats for this, Catalina's, Bennie, Hunter, ect.
Sail area and electric winches. Most sailboats in this size don't have them. Even costal cruisers don't or racers. So reducing sail area your argument is mute. If the sailboat is properly set-up than no problem. I don't think with all the retiree’s out there the strength to reduce sail is a problem. Of course good seamanship always helps too.
Last edited by Melrna; 10-29-2006 at 11:52 AM.