I guess it kinda depends on what you define as "fast" and what you define as a "cruiser". The current racing
measurement system (IRC), for all it's faults, has forced designers to put some thought into putting a proper fit-out into the current
generation of "cruiser-racer" boats that, while not quite as quick as a straight racer
, do tend to take handicap honours.
For what it is worth, there are still a good number of Farr 1104s around, although somewhat long in the tooth these days. They were, indeed, ahead of their time, and fast (for the day), but with 3/4 fractional rigs, in-line spreaders, runners and checkstays, are hardly ideal for short handed cruising (having said that, my "cruising" boat has exactly the same rig).
I guess that Australia
soesn't really have any equivalent buidlers to Beneteau
/ Jenneau / Bavaria
, etc. I mean, there are the Buizen range of cruisers, that are lovely, but bloody expensive. If you don't mind basic, but like a decent turn of speed, I suppose the Murray Dovell Burns designed Sydney
38 might be ok, but probably a little too spartan to really be considered a real cruiser per se. I guess a lot of cruisers look to the Jo Adams
designed boats at around the 40-45' range. These can be great boats - well designed and certaily more of a cruiser than a racer
, but certainly reasonably quick for a cruiser
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Some of these will be more race
orientated, some more out-and-out cruiser. some have centre cockpis and aft cabins, some have lifting centreboards, etc.
Bear in mind though, that many Adams
boats were not professionally made, although some were, so the quality will vary depending on the builder