I've been researching buying a small sail boat and learning to sail recently, hopefully sailing the med in my gap year or something. I'll be leaving school in a little over a year if I decide to grit my teeth and stick it out.. I keep finding myself on this site so I decided to register. Crazy amounts of useful info on here. Cheers guys.
No expert but you might want to check out ' the simple sailor' website. Roger Taylor has sailed his Corribee all over the place, UK to Greenland and back and, I think, two Jester challenges. Not quite a dinghy with a lid.
Get your point about a heavier displacement though, I prefer my little Westerly, just feels more 'boaty'