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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50 DS - offshore passagemaker?

I'd like the forum's thoughts on the offshore passagemaking capabilities of the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50 DS.

Assuming a standard mast system and full-batten main, and assuming the most common modifications and additions are made for offshore cruising safety are made--e.g., a staysail stay for a hanked-on storm jib, can this boat function well offshore?

I am aware of the forum post providing a comprehensive list of all offshore boats. Of course, the Jeanneau 50 DS, and other commercial production boats, are not listed. Why? At least with respect to the 50 DS, is it because the Jeanneau 50 DS is a relatively light displacement vessel with a fin (deep draft) keel? Is it because her cockpit very large? Is it because her cabin is basically one wide open space with little to brace oneself in the event of a roll?

Personally, I enjoy the space that the 50 DS offers, both above-decks and below, and the value of the product. But, at the same time, I am looking for a boat that I can enter in the Newport-Bermuda race, and not be laughed at.

Is there a moderately priced (e.g., $300-500k, new or pre-owned) sloop (standard-, solent-, or cutter-rigged) that offers the space that the 50 DS offers, and also offers the offshore and racing chops that, let's say, a Sabre, J-boat, or Hinkley offer?
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