I have always wondered what your money
buys you in regard to speed only on the basis of statistical results.
Leaving aside all of the comments (which I am sure will be reiterated again here) about sailing capability of crew, loading, racing
or cruising and so on and so forth, surely one can make some statistical conclusions overall no matter how approximate they may be.
I have been studying the result of the ARC
2013 and note that some time has passed and if we look at average VMGs we see
Gunboat 62 9.5
Ocean Explorer 60 7.9
Freydis 49 7.8
Big Lagoons 7.5 ave
/ Prout / Voyage 440 7.1 ave
40 ft ave 6.5 to 7
These results seem pretty reasonable to me.
What they seem to indicate (at least to me at any rate) that if you have a run of the mill 40 foot boat you will in all likelihood on a long cruise
average 170 M per day. On an average 45-50 ft cruise
boat maybe 190 M per day. On a performance boat like a Catana average around 200 M per day. On a high end boat like a gunboat average around 230 M per day.
The interesting thing to me is that if we take for instance a FP Lipari
like Duplicat averaging 6.7 kn at say $600K as against the Gunboat at 9.5 Kn at $2.2 mill you have a 40% increase in average performance for a 400% increase in price
Before you rush to your keyboard of course I understand that you get a huge amount of comfort increase with a Gunboat and that is what costs the money
. My comments are purely related to average performance.
Possibly all of this is self evident, but I thought it interesting non the less.