Originally Posted by shadow
Southerly (like what?)
There is no such thing.
Best is what will do the job best, and there are many jobs, and many ways to do them jobs.
There are also many ways to build a boat. Is solid GRP better than sandwich? Is carbon better than alloy? Is long keel
better than fin&bulb? None is better. None is best then.
I think there are very many very well designed and built boats that could be seen as very reasonable options to take one blue water
cruising. Especially that you proposed a very generous budget
I think the following could be included in a very broad 'good designers/designs/boatyards' list:
Alubat, Akilaria, Amel, Arcona, Bowman/Rival, Baltic
, Cherubini, Contest, Contessa, HR, J, Kanter, Koopmans, K&M, Malo, Morris, Najad
, Pogo, PS, Swan, Regina, Valiant, Vancouver, X-Yachts, Zaal ...
Oho. Here you have a minor portion of what could be a very long list. Much as I am not clear why one would want such a list.