Your original question was are Spray's good cruisers. The answer to this is simple, YES.
Wendy and I cruise
aboard 'Spirit of Sobraon' our fibreglass Spray.
We are continually amazed by her capabilities and her comfort. We arrived in Mooloolabah yesterday morning after an extremely rough passage
down the Australian Coast. When we passed Double Island Point on our way to Moolooabah we had 25kt SW breeze almost on our nose and a 3mtr swell coming at us at 0200 in the morning on a moonless night. Other boats may have made you feel nervous but Spirit of Sobraon did what she always has done, she just found her groove and plowed on. It was a rough ride but we never felt that she was out of her or our comfort zone.
When we arrived in Mooloolaba harbour yesterday all she needed was a wash to remove the salt
and every thing was back to normal.
It's also pleasing to arrive somewhere new and receive the comments from locals on how beautiful she looks. I'm sure this doesn't necessarily occur with the modern designs that tend to all look the same.
I have met a lot of yachting people who have their opinions about Spray's and their supposed lack of sail-ability and yet I have never met a person who owns a well built Spray that has nothing but the opposite to say about their boat. I do agree that there are some badly built boats that were constructed by novices that cause the design to be given the bad reputation and that the racers out there will never agree that something that doesn't sail on it's rails could possibly sail well.
We easily achieve an average 24hr speed in excess of 6knts whilst on passage
and rarely heel more than 10 degrees.
Inside she is voluminous and the envy of most other boat owners of comparable length. We only have china
aboard and we do have Crystal in the bar. No need for plastic glasses and crockery.
So to go back to your question are Spray's good cruisers we certainly think so.
Garry and Wendy
SV Spirit of Sobraon