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Your opinion Required please!!!
While the Drascombes have a small but loyal following and one of their boats has the record for the greatest distance sailed aound the world by an open boat, I personally do not think that they sail all that well when compared to either more modern designs or more traditional designs.
When you talk about a home built boat, or even a professionally built custome boat, the quality and reputation of the designer becomes much more significant. It is the designer who does the engineering and determines the sailing ability of the boat. Of course a crude building job can mess up even the best design.
In many ways it takes more skill to design a ''tradition based design'' than a simple modern design. Ideally you want an experienced and well known design. The problem of something that is a ''tradition based design'' is that few top designers choose to work in that arena.
Buying a custom built, custom designed boat, takes more skill than buying something ''off the rack''. Generally you can get some sence of how a production boat sails by asking around. There''s no easy way to do that with a custom boat so you have to be able to sort out the boat''s flaws and that means sailing the boat in a range of conditions and having enough sailing skill and experience with a variety of boats to tell what is really happening. From the nature of the question, it is not really clear whether you have that experience or not, but just as you have asked this question, so will a potential buyer ask that type of question when you go to sell the boat making it harder (and at a smaller price than it may otherwise be worth) to sell.