I'm not a bluewater sailor, but all the folks I know of that do crossings, do so in regular aft cockpit
sailboats designed for the task. Most, if not all, do have a dodger
to protect from spray.
All your newer boats will have all controls led aft to the cockpit
. My boat is a '87 and even it has reefing lines even led aft.
told me once that a sailboat has three design elements that people seek. any two of these will work but all three will not.
If you want strength and comfort, you give up or comprimise speed
Speed and strength you give up comfort
You get the point.
I'm sure someone with real sea-miles under his or hers belt will chime in soon to give you more insight and help than I.
Good luck in your search