44'cruisingcat - Great stuff, and what a cruiser wants. A little miss representation though, minor, not serious. Waterline limits speed unless the hulls have a fineness better than 1:10 as I remember. Certainly my shorter (30ft) Prout was a little too fat and heavy to exceed her hull speed
of 7.5kts. Generally over a broad range she'd do a third of wind
speed but that was with an idiot in charge and very old sails
The Snow Goose at 37ft and the equivalent larger Catana's would still be left behind without deploying Spinakers etc and keeping light. The OP was 'looking for guidance/starting a debate on' old v new. Your's is good value, no argument, but also a dream for many. A pm to the OP on what the extra cost was to get her right would be helpful. Certainly the small FP's are better than my old prout, but I had little to do to my boat while FP buyers have a had issues with build, squeeks, underpowered, and all the other little issues that come with an economic build. Cruising anchors and ropes, uprating items for sustained ocean sailing all add to that purchase price
. MOST of the old boats are solidly built for what was a luxury market in their day. The lack of stuctural issues (there are a few well known ones) and conservative sail plan make for relaxed cruising. Most will be briefly jealous as you waft ahead of them with such ease, but know they couldn't afford it and go cruising. Count your blessings and enjoy them, and go with our blessings too. She's a Ferrari, cool, fast and beautiful.