I think there is a conflict between saying, "I want the longest waterline I can afford, the faster the passage for me the better" and saying, "I am not racing from island to island at all, and slow is fine".
As a professional sailor you know that the fastest passage times often comes when you can keep a boat at speed for a greater percentage of the time rather than when you have a boat with a long waterline length but cannot take full advantage of its theortical hull speed. While a Tayanna 55 is a reasonably quick boat for its length, you are talking about pushing around 48,000 of boat with a very small crew. As a professional skipper, you probably know that as the displacement per person increases, it gets harder and harder to carry enough sail to make reasonable passage times. its one thing reaching down the trades but another as you start island hopping and start experiencing the kinds of variable conditions that you are likely to encounter as your approach island related high pressure systems.
While I've never been a proponent of buying a short boat and then trying to pile a huge amount of displacement on it, I also am not a proponent of pushing the displacement per person too high and 16,000 lbs per seaman is really an enormous amont of displacement per person.
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