Catalina 42 for Blue Water?
There was a review of that boat in a recent Practical Sailor. Good boat, but maybe a little light for world cruising.
It''s true that you spend far more time at anchor while cruising, but that dosen''t mean a giant, easy to fill cockpit or a rudder made for speed will make you confident when the going is snotty - and it will occaisonally be snotty.
Think strong and simple.