haven't read all the posts yet, but I would always want good light air performance. On a heavy boat
you can easily get this with a tall mast
and a bowsprit
(or a gaff rig with topsails). The worst (IMHO) are heavy boats with small inboard rigs. Once the wind
drops below 10 knots they struggle to keep enough speed and sail area to damp the motion in a seaway (unless you are happy to motorsail, then they work
well). So I think a heavy boat
with a bigger rig is best from a comfort and speed perspective, I have chosen a lighter boat (40 foot, 8 tonnes) with a biggish rig to keep the costs and handling issues to a manageable amount by one person without electric
assistance. And to enable good light airs performance without needing too many fancy sails. The interesting question is how far to push the 8 tonnes out size wise, maybe I could go a wide 45 footer, still weighing 8 tonnes, and get more comfort, trading this for more pounding and a less strongly built boat? or step back to my old 8 tonne 34 footer?