A few of my assumptions:
A boat will sit at its design waterline when loaded up to its design payload.
A boat at its design waterline will perform as designed.
An overloaded boat will find its performance adversely affected.
A boat with no payload will have increased performance.
The amount by which performance is affected in both cases depends on the hull
design and the amount of weight over or under.
Please correct me if any of those assumptions are wrong.
With those stated, I'm looking at a quantitative assessment of each design and the purpose of this thread was to help me understand the actual weights cruising couples are out there with.
If we add another assumption, that 2 tons will be sufficient for a cruising couple, that now means I can look at boats that have a payload of 2t+
The designs I'm looking at have payloads of:
1500kg (GForce 1400)
1850kg (GForce 1500)
2000kg (GForce 1400C)
2600kg (GForce 1500C)
2800kg (Arrow 1360)
2t would indicate that the Cruise
designs and Arrow designs are where I should be looking. As much as I really want the quicker GForce they don't carry enough payload until you get to 55' ... now that would be a weapon, a GForce 1700 ...
Regarding performance cruiser v cruiser. I've done a lot of reading and research
on these over the last decade. Including reading Gregor Tarjan and Chris White's books
. I've been on a few boats to see the differences in hull
widths and space available in the designs and read an awful lot of threads and articles on them. Given that in the designs I'm looking at, for me to get the payload I need I'll have a large enough boat, space wise, for a couple. I'm comfortable with the design compromises and happy to go the performance cruiser route