Get an Outremer
or a Catana
. Or any lightweight cat with dagger boards
Everything else will disappoint after a few months. A cat which wont point when going to windward is little better the Kon Tiki with airconditioning and running water
On the matter of going to windward and into steep seas, even motoring - sufficient underwing or bridgedeck clearance is critical - this is most important. Its the difference between actually being able to drive into steep head
seas or not at all for fear of destroying the boat.
All tales about cruising cats matching it with either the Outremer
are just that.. tales. Or a vivid imagination.
Under no circumstances buy a boat because of how much you like the interior
finish. This was a very expensive mistake I made many years ago with a previous boat (a cat) which also did not have dagger boards