She Who Must Be Obeyed and I did an Atlantic Circuit over two years in a 33' cruiser-racer. Good turn of speed, sailing upwind, the Contessa often thrashed other motor-sailing boats. Practical layout for a couple though the fo'c'sle became the equivalent of the cupboard under the stairs. Easy to find your boat in a crowded anchorage when she's the only one with a fractional rig with jumpers to boot!
Planning on heading off again next year in an 37' Oyster
Heritage. The Oyster
offers a fair bit more space and better weight carrying ability. One criteria was that the new boat had to be able to operate for a month unsupported and be able to cruise
from the French canals to Alaska