low-budget performance passage-maker
Tim, just one observation: you seem to be focusing almost exclusively on the ocean crossing side of your thinking. I would encourage you to fold in as much consideration for the realities of your cruising experience AFTER you reach the distant shores, as that''s where you will be spending most of your time. You may use very little diesel on your crossings, but I can assure you that windless days and a schedule exist on this side of the Atlantic as well, and fuel tankage becomes an issue when not every port has accessible fuel. Lots of boat-related logistics issues to scratch your head about...