THis is good information in evaluating boats. It is interesting and I do not want to take anything away from it. However, for those of you that are seriously thinking about cruising or going offshore, let me make a point:
The boat is a very important "Piece" of going offshore. Buy the boat you feel comfortable in and enjoy sailing (and ESPECIALLY CAN LIVE ABOARD COMFORTABLY). Buy a well made boat. HOWEVER!!! the boat is only a piece of the equation. Learning good seamanship and heavy weather techniques is MORE important than the boat. Even the Titanic will go down with bad judgement. I would take a Hunter around the world with a solid, proven crew before I would take a Valiant across the gulf with an inexperienced one.
Just my thoughts. Put the emphasis in the captain, not the boat.
Many may dissagree and that is fine. Hope you have an EPIRB.