But then my idea of "cruising" is lazily making way from one sandy beach or European village to the next. I've assumed that's the majority - at least among cat owners, but perhaps it is not.
Different people have different visions of "cruising," and the ex-charter cat might be perfect for what you describe. Others want to cross oceans, anchor
out in far-away places, maybe sail to some areas where the sailing might be rougher. Just those sliding glass doors make me shudder when thinking of some offshore
experiences I've had with green water
sweeping across the entire boat. I can't imagine what would happen if you took a big green one in some of the typical charter cat cockpits or even many of the more cruising oriented cats. Yes, they are high off the water, but get enough wind
and the breaking waves will be higher!