Well, if we're talking seaworthiness, internal capacity, stability fully loaded, and relative ease of construction...I might have to suggest...
hehehe. and yes, I understand that some will dispute the accuracy of accounts of her maiden voyage
If we want to get serious about this thread tho, going to have to start with some kind of initial parameters...i.e. size of crew, cruising where?, at least with those two we could get a bit more focus.
I think for the 55plus ish crew of two, doing the round a bout, something in the 40 to 50 foot range would be about optimum, ketch
rigged with obligatory furling-or in the alternative, a free standing collapseable rotating wing setup; PH or at least hard dodger
, I'm partial to steel
but a solid fibre hull
would suffice, mono as opposed to cat (survivability unaided), stern or at least heavy skeg protected rudder
, 5 to 6' draft
, perhaps a bilge
keeled boat for unaided remote
; inside steering
, windgen, modern bat banks, sufficient gen set, on demand water
heater (with small to med engine
heated tank), max prop, redundant electronics
driven with aux 12 volt multiplate refrig/AC
splendide W/D; 150 gals or so of water
, flush deck
, lots of raised stainless cleats
, samsons on the bow and both quarters, combo chock/scuppers, stainless toe rail, etc. etc etc....