Originally Posted by BandB
But you can have a compromise with reasonable speed and size. For instance, the new Grand Banks 60' cruises at 27 knots but there are a lot of boats, new and old, that cruise nicely from 15-25 knots. This will be an important issue for you to evaluate and experience. While many are very happy with 7-8 knots, we would absolutely hate having to cruise at those speeds.
We are looking at a live aboard that tops out at 24.7 knots and cruises at 17 knots (according to the survey) this weekend, so not really a trawler. I think going from a boat we can only cruise while on vacation, to one that is our home, will dramatically change our perspective about needing to make good time though. We'll probably cruise at 8.5 knots most of the time for economy and reserve the higher speeds for outrunning weather, loading up the engines etc.