Actually former owner of the "Lost Souls" believes that his 56' Formosa is the ideal boat, perfect for what I am looking for. Considering that Bob and I are the same height (6'5), at least that part is doable. I have also been told that a Bruce Roberts Spray would fit the build as well.
These boats you mention are examples of the compromises I was referring too. For strength, comfort and performance in the "Roaring Fourties" I think you should be looking for custom vessels like the Hawk cruised by Beth Leonard & Evans Starzinger. This is my opinion & not my experience, as I'm casually coastal cruising my 1973 production boat just from Maine to the Bahamas. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew