You are more experienced, would you think more sail area here is a good thing without adding much complexity?
It is for me, but that does not mean it is best for you. I still enjoy the act of sailing and if not pressed by a schedule or other outside factors, prefer to sail slowly (yes, at less than 4 or even 3 knots) than to motor
. As evidenced by earlier posts, not all agree with that point of view! Several have suggested that most if not all cruisers motor
much of the time, even in boats that could well be sailing in the extant conditions, and we've all seen this happening. None of these observations should drive your decisions, for only you know how you prefer to spend your time on board.
BTW, I can appreciate the idea of a pilot house design in an area where it is hot and rainy, and where the costs of an air conditioner and its operation are bearable... not unreasonable at all! Nor is it unreasonable down here in Tasmania where it is often cold and rainy... replace a/c with diesel
heaters! But having a pilot house does not mean that a boat
can't sail very well indeed. Looking at some of Steve Dashew's designs or some Van de Stadts should demonstrate this idea... and Steve's in particular motor well in addition.
So many factors... all hard to evaluate before you have sailed and cruised enough to understand your own priorities. What you have heard here is a collection of personal preferences, each valid for their owner. But the buck stops with you, no matter what we say, so listen to your gut and try to temper it with the "wisdom" that we offer you, remembering that the internet
tends to amplify minor factors at times and that we all are anonymous screen
names, not responsible for our statements in court or face to face!!
good luck with your decisions. I hope you end up with the boat
of your dreams!