Fair enough. Yes, the 1104 was supposed to be a racer first and a cruiser second. And indeed, these boats were also supposed to be 3800 Kg (just under 8400 Lb), but the ones I have looked tipped the scale at 9435 lbs. Not much, but a 1000 pounds is a 1000 pounds. There is nothing extra on these boats and when I have asked the surveyor, he made the remark that "perhaps it is 3800 Kg without the engine and the basic fitout. Don't know if it is true or not, but certainly there was no other gear on the boat weighing 1000 lb. Anyhow, carried away. So, I suppose there is no real bad reason (obviously what was stated) that these boat should not suffice as coastal cruisers? Would you buy your Farr again?
The published displacement on these boats are measured per the IOR rule. Under the IOR rule, the boat was measured dead empty....no sails, tools, loose gear, tanks empty and so on.
By way of comparison, my boat has been weighed in normal loading with sails, cruising gear, ground tackle, partially full tanks and so on at a little over 12,000 lbs. But I have had to empty the boat out to haul in a yard with a crane that can only handle 11,000 lbs and have emptied the boat out and ended up well below the 11000 lb weight. But I doubt that she is down to her published design weight of 10,600 lbs.
In talking with the folks at Farr, the.fiberglass New Zealand version of the 11.6 was right at the design weight. The Australian version, which used the same moods was slightly heavier. The South African version (which my boat is a S.A. version) are thought to be even heavier. The cold molded versions vary from pretty close to design weight up to reported 4-500 lbs over weight.
The 1104 began as a version with an extended cockpit and shorter house. Those boats had a comparitively minimal interior. The production boats had a bigger house ,a much more complete interior, and a heavier mast and so probably would be heavier boats than the IOR design weight.
The net result, like any boat, the carrying capacity is reduced to the extent that the IOR level of bare boats exceed thier design weight.
I would absolutely buy another 11.6 in a heartbeat. I consider this to be the perfect boat for the way that I use a boat. I have been extremely impressed with her motion comfort, seaworthiness, forgiveness, ease of handling, and overall performance.
But realistically, there are faster 38 foot boats out there, the interior is slightly Spartan. My boat does not have a water heater or refrigeration, or a separate starting battery, or an oversized alternator. She doesn't have a dodger or Bimini. I wish she had operable portlights over the gallery and nav. Station. I like that she has a Yanmar 3gm30 which is a lighter engine than the original 3cyl Buhk with cheaper parts. I like the 80 gallon water tankage, but don't like that there is only 12-14 gallon fuel tank. (which is large enough for one whole season of sailing for me and has enough fuel for a sistership to sail from South Africa to the Caribbean).
The stock 11.6 IOR style deck plan would have been a real pain to sail short hand. So, I have rearranged the deck plan for single handed racing and cruising. I might want to have running backstays to use in extremely heavier air and maybe a masthead assym with a movable pole for extremely light air.
The other thing that I would say is that these are pretty technical boats to sail. These boats minimally can be thought of as rewarding skillful sailors and perhaps even require a reasonable level of skill to sail since they have a lot of sail area and a huge mainsail. But having sailed my boat in next to no wind, lots of time sailing in 20 knot winds, up to 40 knots plus and have been very impressed at both ends of the wind range.
The 1104 would be less forgiving than the 11.6 and is slower boat, but should be a good costal cruiser for a couple. Depending on how the specific 1104 is equipped this should be a pretty easy boat to handle if you are a skilled sailor.