I have always lusted after the IDEA of one of those Swede 55 or Skerries cruisers as I know them.
I once owned ( and it ended in tears) 40ft of rotten beautiful metre boat . Canoe body and 2metre draft long-ish keel. Long low and lean, with 3 spreader 7/8 rig..
Accommodations ?? Your knees touched when sitting across from another in the saloon .. The forecabin had a loo and a tapering tunnel of sail storage and nowt else .
But .. oh man, as a sailing machine it simply flew under sail . Cruised effortlessly under reduced canvas ..
Was very very easily driven . And would surf wave after wave in half a blow. Quite extraordinary , the whole boat would get on a bow wave that came back to the mast and would palpably accelerate like planing dinghies of my youth, the long old iron tiller would tremble, the whole boat vibrate, the deep longish keel felt well enoughplanted , the boat would ‘ surf’ like this for two or three boat lengths (?) at a time then slow,slump a bit then pick up on the next gust of wind and wave and, off again..
Quite extraordinary and , er, did I say very easily driven?
Laminar Flow has summarised Marchaj beautifully , iirc. (Long time since I read his theory though and I’m sure that I didn’t grasp a lot of it then! )
What is left out -and it isn’t much-when considering “why not easily driven?” is the horrendous cost of parking long lean easily driven yachts in popular uk harbours. Ouch! Fleecing like an Aussie sheep shearer on a bonus deal.
And the toll of a carp wet summer on their crew wedged all down below .
One might even conclude : Easily driven ?
(I will get my sou’wester..)
I once sailed on a 57 footer called Silkie, designed for singlehanded ocean racing, beam under 10ft and a tiny aft double cabin. Looking back I am sure it must have been designed on the lines of those skerry cruisers.
Terrific sailing experience, I don't know how fast because very little on board worked! But a great trip, Plymouth - La Rochelle in short order.