I hope that you went ahead with your proposed Tayana 55 purchase. We do not have electric winches
on our Tayana 55 and have never had a problem managing the sails. Furling
stay and headsail and just lazy jacks
for the main.
We sail with 4 kids from 2 to 13 and naturally take a conservative approach. Value for money, speed, safety, quality of fitout - I have never seen any other design come close.
We will also be sailing Pacific this season. Let us know if you are around.