Originally Posted by Mickeyrouse
Oh, the boat will most likely make it. (old saw: itís amazing what goes to sea...and comes back.)
But I canít imagine it would be very comfortable. If speed is the object, there are much faster ways. It certainly wouldnít be cruising around the world.
Mickeyrouse, Speed is not usually the object when someone chooses a race
boat or a performance cruising boat to go cruising. That is a misconception.
The reason is more likely that they really like the ďsailingĒ part of cruising and they like a boat which feels alive when it is sailing. They enjoy the sailing experience of the racing
boat. Probably they like the fact that they can sail in light or heavy air and that they can go to windward without turning on the motor
and the sail handling is easy and light.
The other misconception is that one has to give up some comfort if they choose to cruise
on a race boat or performance cruising boat. ďComfortĒ is subjective thing. How do you define comfort? Is it a comfortable interior
with soft cushions
, a nice galley
, good lighting
? Is it a plush interior
with rich wood
and fittings and furniture suitable for an apartment ashore which looks luxurious? Perhaps your definition of comfort has to do with the way a boat feels at sea? Does it take the waves well or does it hobby horse? Does it wallow in light air or roll badly off the wind
. There is nothing inherent about race boats which preclude comfort however you define it.
Iíve sailed many boats or all types and frankly I donít see a substantial difference in comfort. My own boat is a pure race boat but it has a very comfortable interior, great for living aboard
, great while underway, and it has a wonderful motion at sea. I prefer a boat which goes over waves instead of through them. I prefer a boat which does not stop dead in its tracks when confronted with a short, steep head
sea. And I like the fact that no matter what size of following sea I get, the boat can easily steer through it and keep on course.
The only comfort complaint I have is that my cockpit
is too small for entertaining and one cannot lie down in it, (so no sleeping on watch). This issue is unique to my boat, most racing
boats or performance cruisers have decent cockpits.
So, in my view there is no truth to the claim that one has to give up comfort to cruise
a race boat or performance cruiser.