What would be a good offshore beneteau in the 40/45 foot range?
Beneteaus are great for what they're designed for...sailing coastal. That, to me, means island hopping but not really sailing more than a couple of days offshore, or out of weekly forecast range. I really wouldn't take any non-modified Beneteau on an extended cruise with lots of offshore time...just not it's design intent. Of course, there will be those that will say you can circumnavigate on a Beneteau, and will point to blogs of people doing it or show offshore certifications. It's a matter of doing the journey in a more suitable and comfortable, safer vessel.
Think of it this way. You can tow a 5000 lb trailer in a Toyota suv on paper...per the manual. But most people that tow trailers daily have ugly pickup trucks...why is that? Because a pickup truck will do the job with less drama day in day out.
Beneteau is the suv of the sailing world...a lot of boat for the buck, but design compromises made for suburban comfort vs commercial hauling. Make sense?