Ask yourself what kind of cruising experience you want to have, rushed or relaxed. Every boat has its pros and cons. I have had years of using both. While in Port Townsend not long ago I had the pleasure of trying out a PT 11 nesting dinghy and wish I had known about it a long time ago but then, this is a pretty new design which is probably why it has such nice modern lines. I have discovered that rowing is a joy and not a drudgery and being able to sail it too, adds a whole new dimension to cruising and exploring.