I have a spinnaker
with a "tacker" that wraps around the furled headsail. It's a nice light sail and even has a dousing sock. It helps in light air, but once again, the boat is heavy
. Here are a few nmbers that plainly state she isn't "light air".
Disp. to LWL 410
(yes thats 10K lbs on 22 feet of waterline)
Hull Speed 6.3
Sail Area 508 (differs slightly between cutters and sloops)
Capsize Ratio 1.7
If one of your big criteria is light air performance, then look elsewhere, seriously. Pacific Seacraft are not built for it. However, if you want to go see far away places one day, PSC is a good (excellent) choice. They've taken people all over the globe and around it.
Personally, light air isn't a big deal for me. If it takes me an extra hour to get to some spot on the bay then so be it. I've been out on the bay when one of those summer t-storms kick up out of nowhere. I make my way for "deep water" and love it. I pump
right through the chop. Sure the rides a little damp from the low freeboard, but I feel as safe as if i were on land. I wouldn't want to do that in a Hunter etc etc. The flip side to that is, how often are you going to get caught in stink on the bay??? Not often. Everything is a trade off.
My boat isn't a light air boat, shes heavy.
Check out Carl's Sail Calculator for a good comparison tool. See:
In that data base the PSC Orion is listed under "Orion27"