Cruising in the higher latitudes outside of the trades will have you sailing in different conditions. I would chose a boat that goes well in light breeze and that can effectively and (reasonable) comfortably sail upwind in strong wind
has a reputation to be very slow. Never sailed it myself but I compared notes with one sailing the same route
and it seemed clearly slower than my Orana
, which isn't a rocket either. Stepping on the Antares, it has a lot of weight forward. Large fiberglass panels
and the generator
placed in one of the forward compartments. All this weight has to be supported by a relative full forward hull
sections. Sailing it upwind in 20+ knots wind
and waves must be both slow and very uncomfortable.
My pick in this size would be the new Outremer
45. All weight is well aft oriented around the fore/aft rotation center, slender front hull
sections. Together with the boards, this boat will be very effective and much more comfortable upwind, especially if throttled back a bit.
On top of it, the new Outremers has a roomy, light, and livable interior
. Like a condomaran on steroids. The bulkhead helmstation needs to be fitted with a good bimini
with possible enclosure.