Originally Posted by Oldersalt
I remember reading a blog several years ago by a couple who spent years cruising the Pacific Coast and Mexico. He had a SD boat but said he rarely went very fast. Basically, he said something like "it's an 8-knot ocean out there." The question becomes how often you might want to--and be able to, given sea/weather conditions--go faster than about 8 knots
We cruise in the open ocean every time we leave port.
What we have found is that we use the SD speeds more often than we ever thought we would when we bought the boat.
If you are in a non stabilized boat (like ours) you can use horsepower to push the aft down and reduce rolling in a beam sea for example.
If you are trying to make a tide for fishing you can use speed to get there at the right time. There are lots of examples of why you might use speed if you have that capability.
Like any other operating paramater or feature, you find yourself making use of speed capability because you can.
The same might be said of the strong points of FD stabilized boats.
Your cruising "style" will adapt to your boat.