L&N are of course correct, a lighter boat will outperform a heavier one, but a boat designed to be commodious and comfortable will always be more comfortable than one designed for speed. It's all a compromise. We test sailed a Catana
50 and an Outremer
49 within 24 hours of each other at their yards in France
in similar conditions (light airs). The Outremer
was undoubtedly the slightly quicker boat. We bought a Catana
. Doesn't make it a wrong decision or a bad boat, it meant that was the right boat for us.
It depends why you are buying
one. We have now lived on ours for 4 months in great comfort and we didn't want to compromise too much on that comfort. The boat sails
exceptionally well and we didn't want to compromise too much on that performance.
We could have bought an Outremer or a Lagoon
for less money
, but wanted performance AND luxury so we paid the extra and bought a Catana. No boat is right or wrong, it's just different strokes for different folks.