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....
".. 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)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"