I will be interested to see how it compares to the Monty
I as well. But I am going in knowing that, as far as sailing characteristics, the M15 is a tough boat to beat. I understand that both boats would sail like dinghys and the skipper needs to be active, hands-on.
I based my decision to go with the Legacy partly on the SCA review wherein a Monty sailor was providing some of the feedback to SCA. I also know a Legacy owner in the Potter Yacthers and he took his boat everywhere the rest of us went..Potter 15 and 19, Compac Suncat, Monty 15 and 17, and O'day 192. So I have no doubt about seaworthiness for what I want to do...lakes and protected coastal waters.
The other part of my decision was to trade off the luxurious sleeping room (no compression post) of the M15 V-berth for a configuration down below that would allow me to sit/lean down below to duck out of unexpected bad weather or take care of other 'business'. As comfy as the M15 was laying down, there was no place just to sit for awhile. I opted out of cabin cushions for the extra 2" of headroom and will use an inflatable camp pad when I need it. Also thinking about making a boom tent, and getting some platform bed slats that I can cut to size and roll out in the cockpit with a pad on top to sleep outside. The gallows should make a nice frame for a tent on the stern end.
I was able to sit in another Legacy owner's boat (but not sail one) so I know exactly what to expect as far as seating comfort in the cockpit and below, and I agree, a cockpit cushion or two will be in order. I understand the trade-off of the footwell being more shallow in order to provide room for the coffin berths down below.
Most of my sailing will be for the day, so quick rig and launch was at the top of my list, and the Boomtendr feature is an attractive proposition. If not for that, and the wider cabin house, I might have been looking for a CP16 MK3 to still get the CB.
For someone that has the budget for a premium-build vessel, Sage Marine has some nice options. And like Hutchins, they are a solid organization. But for me it came down to a perception that, at least for a new boat, the Legacy should provide me with the best overall value for dollar, for what I need.
Can't wait for sea trials....