Actually the Cal 25 and 28 sail fairly well and are easy on the crew. The Ranger 26 that I once had that was quite easy on the crew, had a balanced helm and a comfortable motion. Not sure I'd want to punch her into the Gulf Stream going to Bermuda, but there are those who have.Sure, I consider it to be cruising. I was thinking that the OP meant more blue-water stuff.
Some of the other boats you've posted are spartan, but have full or modified full keels, more protected rudders, that sort of thing.
Hell after learning more here, I wouldn't even recommend my own boat for blue water sailing and you know I look at the P30 through very rose-tinted glasses. Coastal and big Bay cruising, yes.
Depends on the owner.As always, the question is "what do you want to DO with the boat" and the usual answer for all those heavy-ass full-keel boats is 'hang around the dock and impress people with how salty I am.'
Hah! Was that boat formerly named 'PNEUMA' owned by an elderly gentleman with a nice little dog? If so I believe he daysailed the boat pretty often. Can't be too many of those around.... ...
Speaking of slow we also have a Gulf Pilothouse 30 that goes out just about every other weekend and regularly takes long cruises north for extended periods.
Sorry, thought you were talking about the Gulf Pilothouse 30He's been a life long sailor out of Kingston. A marine biologist who is a manager at one of the local salmon fish farms in Rich Passage. Not only does he sail the boat regularly, but believe it or not he's raced it and his previous boat for close to 20 years or more in our west sound events, as well as single handed events around the sound. He even sails the boat to her rating and has won his class sometimes.
The boats name is Alcyone and his name is Devon B.
Google "Alcyone Rawson 30"