If you understood that I was purposing to someone a VOR 70 as cruising boat it is probably because my English is a lot worse than what I thought or you did not understood nothing that I have said
Basically what I have said is that if you have the money to buy the better boats money can buy
, go to one of the top NA that design the VOR 70, the Open 60 and the 40 class boats, and work with them with your criteria for a cruising boat. If you don’t have all that money look at the boats they have designed recentely and are produced by the market builders: You have them for all kind of cruising, from coastal to bluewater, from deck saloons to fast performance cruisers, from centerboarders, twin keels, fin keels or foil keel with a torpedo.
In any case you would not end up with a heavy full keeler.
If You don’t have the money for that, you can buy one of the boats designed by those guys 10 years ago. It will not represent the actual state of the art but it will not be very far away.
If you don’t have money for that you can buy an old boat. If it is really old designed it will be a full keel boat but most of the cruising boats with 30 years, even bluewatet boats, are already not full keeled boats, but a kind of a compromise between a fin and a full keel.
Any boat is better than no boat and once you have one, well, that’s the one that matters to you and it will be certainly the one you love the most