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displacement for a couples cruising boat
My wife and I are starting to get more serious shopping for a cruising boat. Right now, our needs are coastal cruising, but were are considering a two year cruise in the near future. This would be east coast, and islands for however long things were fun, and money holds out.
So Gretchen likes fast boats. She raced in school. We are looking at all kinds of boats, from full displacement cruisers, to more performance oriented ones.
This post is prompted by one boat that we are interested in, a 32' "performance cruiser". It is well built, and has some of the requisite design features. It is, however, 10,000lbs, with dimensions of 32'x10'9"x5'3'. Fin keel, spade rudder. The design carries the beam pretty far aft. On the light side of medium displacement?
So my quesiton is this. If we load this boat with 2,500 lbs of gear, fuel and water, what is going to happen to the sailing characteristics? I know we will lose performance, that is ok. What is less ok is bad motion, and bad anything that would make the boat less seaworthy. We have zero bluewater experience, and have never sailed on a lighter boat that is loaded up.
Has anyone reading this cruised for a couple of years, two people, on a smaller boat, with lighter displacement? I would love to hear how things went, what comprimises you had to make, and of course, would you do it again?