Ah. The voice of reason speaks!
The problem I have is that you know what he says is hyperbole, and I know it is hyperbole, but people boat shopping and coming here for information on boats may not know it is hyperbole. When they read someone with experience saying a boat will be bobbing in the bay if the winds are < 25 knots, they may very well believe it. We all (including CD) are well aware a PSC will be moving just fine in 7 knots of wind, but I do not assume everyone else knows that. That is the only reason I will not let it go.
I have no ability or desire to convince CD or anything, and I do not think even he believes his words at face value. But I know exactly how I used this forum when I was first boat shopping, and I think of the me back then.
At 25 knots, most modern production boats, and certainly the other higher end boats like Sabre, X, J, etc... will be over hull speed and likely into double digits. At 25 knots, my boat is hauling!
BTW, I do not have a fast boat. I have what I consider a performance boat, but many others will call a slug. You should see me and Paulo disagree about this ad nauseum! A Sabre will leave me behind, as will a J. Speed is relative because the guys with Sea Rays that read this are laughing their butts off right now as we are arguiing over a few knots and they idle faster than we sail (now that was hyperbole).
So we will leave it at this: Your boat has a PHRF (a PHRF being the cumulative average of how that boat has performed by all who have raced it) of 195. The 37 is 186. There are few boats on that list with that PHRF. The list is here:
PHRF New England - Handicapping - Base Handicaps
There are others.
And regarding your opinion about people using their PSC 34 to day sail... we won't disagree on that. Pretty much all boat owners use their boats as such... even those who buy long distance passage makers like yours. It is a sad truth. Even the OP is going to use it as such. So why buy a long distance passage making boat, not use it for its intended purpose, when you can have a much faster and better performing boat, with more comfort, for the same money??
Why get a PSC to daysail it in the Chessy with two teenagers??
I just don't get it.
PS Like I told your wife, I am not trying to tick you off. I like you guys. We just have very different opinions on performance and speed. And as I said, I sailed down here with a 37. She sure didn't break any speed records. She is a very well built boat, but she ain't no speed demon.