I can agree with what's been said on most of the previous replies. I owned a pre privately owned Athena that sailed very well also upwind! However as with any yacht - going downwind is the way if your're cruising and I have logged 20 knots in the british Channel with a 50knotter up my behind! Still felt safe and in full control with the situation, and the racer
in me felt a fantastic adrenalin kick!
The Athenas do have some squiky floorbords and other minor impediments with the interiors. The felt used was not to my liking but if it's in good condition you'll get used to it.
Overall the boats from FP is very solidly built and they take a beating without problems. I sailed mine in some very rough conditions here in Scandinavia and in the Atlantic so a Pacific crossing would not be a problem from a construction point of view. Also the BD clearance is sufficient to avoid slamming.
I would look for a privately owned yacht for the following reasons:
1. Generally better equipped
2. Less hours used, both motors and sails
3. If you can talk to the previous owner very valuable info on the boats history
can assist in assertaining what needs to be done of repairs
not immediately visible during survey
4. Buy one from a cooler climate, it is not that much "sun burned" and the sails have not been exposed to so much UV radiation.
That's my advise re the Athena.
Happy lead free sailin