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I'm on my 3rd year of sailing now, on my 2nd boat. Unfortunately, I still don't have enough knowledge to really answer this question. My appreciation of boats is largely limited to their aesthetics and their known statistics. I can't look at a sail plan, a keel profile or a hull shape and interpret how that boat will perform, like a naval architecht can.
I can tell you I don't really like extremes. I can appreciate a pure, racing machine, but I wouldn't like to own one. I can appreciate a pure, blue-water cruiser with all of it's comforts and durability, but I wouldn't like to own one.
I like "performance" cruisers- Boats that can make a fast delivery, race at least casually, and that are still durable and have some comforts. I like fiberglass boats, but I like them to have some wood to give them warmth, even at the cost of maintenance that wood requires.
For my speed and fun itch, I have a Hobie 16, and I'm very interested in F-series (Corsair) trimarans. I'd love to crew on one, but again, I don't think I want to own one.
I purchased my Coronado 25 in total ignorance. My only criteria was a size and weight that I could handle alone, and that it be tough and cheap. It was all that, but nothing else.
Armed with a little more knowledge, and a more refined sense of what I want in a boat, I bought my Pearson 30 and I am absolutely in love. It is everything I want-
Much smoother in a chop
Higher pointing ability
A little wood trim for warmth and character
Enclosed head and V-berth
Smart cabin layout
Still small enough to keep maintenance costs affordable
Still small enough to singlehand comfortably and safely
I don't see me getting tired of her for a long, long time.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168