Paolo- I have every respect for you and your knowledge base. There is not a piece of Dacron in any of my sails( except the trysail and stormjib). All my running rigging is "no stretch". My blocks are soft shackles. But that doesn't mean I would ever want a boat with hard sails and a hinge in the middle or that goes so fast a windvane won't work on it or with appendages so prone to picking up all the junk now in our oceans that I take comfort in having another one. I can live with 6'6" and don't want a Swan/Baltic with it's keel on hydralics. Neither do I want a monhull or multihull whose perfomance will be ruined by the extra weight in stuff we collect when cruising. I like carrying the extra water/fuel/central heat/air/washerdryer/third anchor and rode/spares for everything etc.Similarly a boat made of exotics then baked in a huge oven doesn't interest me. I want a boat any decent yard can maintain and fix. Not just a few at great expense. I'm not a Luddite but know sooner or later I or my crew will be inattentive and something will break (rudder sensor on the Autopilot, lighting and all electronics go down etc.) or GIRBs will be misread. Then I want a boat that will accommendate our human frailities and stupidity and still get me to a safe harbor. I also know Bill Crealock was right. The pleasure of the voyage should at least equal the pleasure of the arrival. There's a point where you are right physically but wrong metaphysically- the boat goes faster- but at what cost to the wallet, time in maintenance, experience of comfort, complexity of systems and sense of safety. Thank you- I'll stay in the front of the pack but too often the pace settor doesn't win the race.
Well, as I said, different boats for different sailors. For instance, I, that actually sail about 100 days a year on a sunny climate, don't want any laminated sails, that means I have to live with them (that's what I have in my boat now) but as soon as I can get I would change to top woven sails and that means high quality dracon.
That does not mean that laminated sails are not good for cruising, even sailing 100 days a year in the sun. They certainly provide a better performance and if one can change them each 2 years they would be very appropriated. That is not my case. I need sails that last at least 6 years on those conditions
and that means dracon sails. If I had the extra money for more expensive sails and to change them each 2 years, I would take a different option. Each case is a case and what is god for one may not be to another.
You seem to make the assumption that modern boats are less safer than older boats and even if each case is a case, globally it is quite the contrary.What is certainly true is that modern boats are faster and sail better than old boats, so I quite don't get your point. It seems that you consider all modern boats as radical and race boats
They are for all tastes and the good ones in each "taste" represents the state of the art in what regards design and sailing ability. For instance the twin rudders and chines (the way they are used) are an innovation that comes from racing research but all boats can benefit with that and today many cruisers, including voyage boats have them. That just makes them better sailboats without any other disadvantage and in the case of the rudders with further mechanical and safety advantages. Same thing with the transom design and beam being pulled aft. They increase boat control downwind and therefore make the boats safer and more easy to go downwind on autopilot.