The biggest potential problem with coastal cruising is making the decision to head
in or out IF you're caught in some weather
. Sea room is your friend. A lee shore is not. An inlet in a blow is about as dangerous as things can get, especially at night. IF the boat
being sailed can not heave to on the off shore tack and take some weather for a period of time the only option is to gamble and try to make the inlet. Not a condition I'd like to be in. A coastal only cruiser needs to be very very aware of up coming weather. More so than a vessel that has the option of heading off shore to gain sea room. For me the ability to heave to is a boat's biggest asset. Much more important than the boat's interior
volume or settee layout.