Originally Posted by gamayun
...This is why you might not want to buy a racer's boat because they do tend to break things. When I recently asked someone how close to shore they get to help counter a prevailing flood or ebb, he said "are you racing
your boat or someone else's?"
There are some "cruisers" that have great cruising boats and almost never go out of the marina and (at least in Europe) there are some "racers" that almost don't use the boat. They bought it because sail racing
is cool but then they found out that they need a crew and end up paying for that and found that expensive and not so cool. On the US you don't see many new cruiser-racers, in Europe
there are lots of them. It is cool for the rich guys to have a "racing" boat even if they don't use it
Also for those rich "racers" it is nice to have a racing boat if it is a new boat and the last model. The previous model is not cool anymore, so they sell it.
You may find it stupid (and it is) but not different from all those guys that have cruising boats and rarely go out of the marina...and they are many.
I agree with you in what regards boats that have done a lot of hard racing and in the US the reality can be different, but here you can find lots of cruiser-racers (performance cruisers) that were raced very lightly (my boat had made 6 races in 5 years and practically had not cruised) and those can make great cruising boats.