We've crossed tacks with a few from 35 - 40+ feet. The Nicol is actually faster and I think Searunners are too. The Constant Camber construction results in a rounded V hull
, to get displacement
they are deeper in the center and finer at the ends which reduces top speed. Their motion is smoother and less abrupt than a Searunner
making them a comfortable cruiser. The owners we've met like them very much, the center cockpit
helps keep the weight in the center, working well with the hull
shape. Any cruising tri is going to be a slower beast than a racer
because of the larger hull shapes to handle the payload so watch out for the apples/oranges thing when contemplating intended use. A skinny racer
carrying 3000 pounds would most likely not perform as well as the Marples carrying the same amount.