Sounds like you need something extra in the boat line; have
you looked at workboat-based cruisers? I highly recommend
reading "George Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding". He is an
advocate of simple, *strong*, do-it-yourself-maintenance boats.
There's a good deal of outfitting info, and his boats have been
built and are sailing all over the world. You might find one for sale.
George's site (essays, designs, photos):
George Buehler Yacht Design Home Page
folks building George's boats (problems, solutions, photos):
BackyardBoatbuilding2 : Backyard Boatbuilding 2
Best wishes in your voyaging.
Fair winds and following seas,