I think the boats "I" would feel comfortable sailing in will be extinct or will be one off builds but others will continue to sail the world in whatever boat they fancy.
I am a firm believer in the safety
of a full deep keeled boat. It has been proven through research
and lives lost
or saved(depending upon how you look at it) that these heavy full keel
types of boats have a better chance of surviving serious weather
or a storm similar to the one experienced Fastnet of 1979.
Extensive study was done after that 1979 disaster and research
showed that the current
trend in yacht design was dangerous for the offshore
sailor. Many of these old racers are now becoming cruisers. Current
yacht design has only made boats wide and flatter since 1979. It didnt say you couldnt sail a newer designed boat through a storm it just said you had a better chance of surviving on a heavier narrow full keel
Read the first 4 chapters of 'Desirable and Undesirable Characteristics of Offshore Yachts"
. It goes into great detail of the physics of why a heavy displacement
narrow deep full keeled boat is a safer one.
I also think one of the reasons many people are having success sailing newer designs, fatter and flatter, is because of better weather
routing and forecasting, making smarter decisions about when to go and when not to go. also through trial and error of those who went before. Knowing what time of year was best and which routes would safely get you there. 60-70 years ago ocean voyaging was just starting for the masses(per se). Another added feature of newer boats is that they are faster, they can out run or change direction to avoid the storm in some cases( better communication and forecasting).
I just hope people educate themselves on how to handle the boat they decide to set off voyaging on. It takes a good sailor to know how to handle his boat in the event of a storm and the proper equipment
. I will agree most boats will prolly out last the crew aboard, as seen time and time again on these videos of CG rescuing people off of floating small craft.
Choose whatever boat you want to voyage offshore, just know that the odds may or may not be stacked against you depending upon the design you choose. I know what type of boat "I" feel more comfortable in.