The boat you choose has to fit your needs not someone else's, everyone has an opinion based on their own experience. I've owned one of the heavyweight cruiser cult boats mentioned here and although well built and conservatively designed just wasn't my cup of tea, I like a stout boat that still performs. You don't have to have a slow, ultra heavy boat to cruise
seriously, that's just one way to do it, and if that's your comfort level then more power to you, enjoy it. Skeg hung rudders are safer in the case of a strike but a properly designed spade should do fine, unless of course it's under designed, which seems to be the case in some boats.
There's been a move toward performance cruising boats over the years and many well made, well built boats that still have a turn of speed have been proven to be quite good at it.
Some of the earlier C&C
designs would be considered in this category compared to today's designs. I loved the sailing characteristics of my old C&C
but needed more space for a bigger family
now and so I changed to a different boat built more like an earlier performance cruiser. I will agree the C&C had a more traditional interior
layout which would be considered tight by today's standards but was perfect for a couple cruising, the addition of two kids
changed that for me. These days it would be considered a moderate displacement
boat compared to modern offerings in that design class.
It all depends on where your going and what your needs are, so go with your gut and buy what suits you. The opinions stated here, including mine, may not reflect your personal needs so feel free to take it with a grain of salt
. Dang, one guy sailed around the world in a Catalina
27, so when I head
out to sea in my 47', 40,000 lb boat and start to feel a little stressed I remind myself of that guy and I suddenly don't feel so challenged. Of course I've inspected and serviced every inch of that boat myself so I know theres nothing amiss in the mechanicals but still.......A 37/40XL not seaworthy
? I don't think so.