Absolutely. However this is mostly a question of attitude towards life. You don't NEED all the stuff.
I mentioned the washing machine deliberately – I knew it would get your juices flowing
(In reality, it is no major factor either in weight or space). I don’t want to derail this thread, it is too fun to watch the many good boats. I used to live in Australia and love travelling light, ultra light. You have to decide on either “light” or else “full survival mode.” It’s the in-between that kills you, with insufficient equipment yet little mobility.
My remarks are flavoured by where I sail, mostly in higher latitudes, and here “light” is not an easy option. You have to rely on good shore facilities, and they're often not. You need clothing and heating, there’s no compromise. And your boat must be ready for a storm in inhospitable weather. Sailing from a wide open cockpit can be more than you as a mere mortal will endure – one reason why tiller steering has little going for it.
A quick note on “speed,” another observation from the ARC Dragonfly sailors: “You will find good reaching conditions in less than 5 % of the race.”
I have sailed two very similar trips from Biscay to Scandinavia, once in my Ovni and once in an Italian job almost 6ft longer and designed to compete with X-Yachts. Oh, it was elegant! On flat seas the first day I was impressed when it sailed near wind speed at 8 knots, but then wind and waves built and it slowed to a crawl, bashed and stalled into the seas. The greater heel made it uncomfortable, and we gave up on hot meals. After 2-3 days of this we needed an overnight break in harbor. The trip took two days longer than in the Ovni.
Also, consider crew. The Pogo 10.50 is certainly an “offshore-going” boat, but that does not make it a “cruiser.” On a perfect day I envy guys in their Open 40s, but after 18 hours of single-handing, preparing a few meals and still not feeling tired, I thank my 395. It is not on Day One you know that you’ve got a cruising yacht; it is after ten days or more
. If you count on having ample crew on easy 2-4 hour watches all the way, by all means sail a Pogo. If not, consider how to sail it when exhausted and the weather builds.
Enough from me on this. Bring on more boats, please!