Liza Copeland and her family circumnavigated in a First 38 of similar vintage - their trip is documented in several books.
Liza & Andy Copeland - Cruising Authors
I know they did some reinforcing forward, but their information should be useful to you....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)