I have a 49DS that is equipped in such a way that I consider it an offshore passagemaker. As mentioned earlier, the fuel tankage is quite small but for my purposes I am going to convert the 3rd water tank in the aft bunk into a fuel tank. That still leaves me with over 400l of water (for one person, with a watermaker) so I am comfortable with doing that.
Does your 49DS have dual helms? If so, how do you find sailing the 49DS in heavy seas?