Sorry Cam, did not see he put OFFSHORE on there. I agree, it would not be my first choice for offshore. I have been on a couple of them though. I think they would make nice liveaboard/coastal cruiser. Of course, that was not where he was going with the thread.
Of course, one has to ask: WHAT IS OFFSHORE? Is offshore running between the islands or a day/two at sea. I don't think I would have a problem with it. Is offshore New Zealand to Alaska... well, er-hm, no.