If you need a professional to help you pick out a boat, I think you need to spend some more time sailing and experiencing how different designs sail offshore
. Until you know and understand what YOU like in terms of boat motion, angle of heel, sail area, stiffness, tenderness etc, there is very little a professional can do for you in selecting the "right" yacht.
By the time I was ready to purchase my first offshore
yacht, I understood enough yacht construction and yacht design that it was easy for me to figure out what I wanted in a yacht, and I could easily tell whether the prospective yacht was up to the task of the planned voyage. It's not rocket science.
Before I purchased my Privilege
, I went to a lecture by some very famous multihull
designers who informed me that multihulls under 40 feet were not seaworthy
. I still purchased my 39 foot catamaran
and sailed for eleven years around the world. And while I was out there, I saw 38, 37, 36, and 35 foot catamarans doing circumnavigations as well.
I am not saying that celebrities/designers advising you about yachts is a bad idea. I am saying that if you sail out on the ocean on a variety of yachts, it won't be long before you figure out what you like and what gives you a good margin of safety