Hey Paulo! No need to explain. I like you, you know that. SO that being said, let me shoot back at your J122 and why I think it would be a TERRIBLE cruising boat.
Take care Paulo. Always enjoy your take.
Brian the feeling is reciprocal
and the fact that I disagree, not with your choice, but with your thinking that what you like or style of cruising, applies to all, does not change that.
I know you think the J 122 is a terrible boat for cruising and on the other hand, I that don't race, some years back when the boat come to the market, did not only bought the boat because I had not the money.
Believe me, I am a cruiser, I cruise a lot, live several months for year on my sailing boat, have tried and sailed many types of sailboats and now pretty well what I
want as a sailboat and it is a boat like the J122. The boat that I finally had choose (an used boat) is much more close to the J122 than to your boat, this one:
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This year was the first I had cruised the boat and the average time between going to a marina for water was three weeks. For diesel maybe the double, I mean more than a month.
I know that this boat (or the J 122) would not suit you the same way the Catalina would not suit me. You have said why the J122 would not suit you and I can tell you why the Catalina or a family boat would not suit me: Boring in what regards sailing and with a insufficient capacity of sailing in light winds.
Off course I know this is not your opinion but that's why you can find in the market many different types of cruising boats for different types of cruisers that sail and cruise in different styles. They have almost all a thing in common:
All consider that his boat is the right one to cruise. From the ones that only consider very heavy steel boats, passing for the ones that only consider heavy fiberglass boats, to the ones to whom the offer of the predominant mass production builders (like Catalina) and ending up in the ones that prefer lighter and faster boats, being them monohull or multihull
People are different as well as the cruising style or the importance they give to enjoy the boat while sailing and that's why there are so many types of cruising boats.
Regarding the J122 I can tell you (because I asked) that the standard water tankage (45G) can be raised to about the double if you want, and I think any cruiser that don't use the boat only locally will want that. The original diesel tankage is enough (35G) for that type of boat.
You have to consider that these type of boats needs about half the wind your boat needs to make some speed over the water. In fact with very weak winds these bots make wind and are faster than the wind so you have to take that in consideration in what regards needs of fuel or motoring.
Take a look at the boat Polar speed:
The boat with 6K wind can make 7K speed but most of all with weaker winds where your boat would almost not move, these boats can make speeds over the wind and they are proportionally bigger regarding weaker winds (the weaker the wind the bigger the boat speed over the wind speed).
This means that that this type of sailboats can be sailed with 3 or 4K winds and even so make an acceptable speed. The typical owners of these boats rarely use the engine except to charge batteries and to enter and leave ports because what they really like is sailing and cruising and not in a much bigger proportion, cruising.
I am not saying you don't like sailing, I am sure you do, what I am saying is that the owners of these type of boats like it more, so more that they will gladly give away some interior comfort while cruising to be able to enjoy a better sailing performance. That's why these boats are called performance sailing cruisers.
Each cruising boat that has a significant market demand has builders doing them and that is the case of the Catalina, that has not a better performance than for instance a Hanse or a Jeanneau, and that in European terms would be classified as a family boat, or the J122 that would be classified as a performance cruising boat.
Have a look at the nominees for the 2013 European boat on the year on its diverse categories. On the first movie you will have Luxury cruisers and Family cruisers. On that category you have: Hanse 415; Bavaria Vision 46, Delphia 31; RM 1260; Sun Odyssey 469
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Regarding the category of performance cruisers, the one that would include the J122, you have: Grand Soleil 39, Dufour 36 performance, Mc 34 Patton, Sly 38 and XP 50.
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