Re: Cape Dory 30 - How slow is "slow?"
How slow is slow to you? If you are not racing, it makes perfect sense to buy a heavy boat that will smooth out the chop on the bay on those rough days, and be a boat you are happy sitting in on the light air days. If it really matters to you that your boat is going 2.5 knots when the J29 next to you is going 3.5 knots in light air, than get the light, sparsely furnished racing boat (but first compare the comfort of the cockpit, the style and quality of the cabin and births, and the motion of the boat in 2-3 foot chop). For cruising, it is pleasure in the journey that counts, not how long it takes to get there. Keep that in mind. In the grand scheme of things, if you need to get somewhere fast on a light air day, get a power boat. Otherwise, enjoy the pleasant ride on the bay and arrive 30 minutes later than the racing boat, but happy for the journey.
Saginaw Bay, Michigan
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward