Jeff H, I am right with you on alot of your design ideas! Nicely done!
You might be interested in some of Bieker's work. He designed a boat in our club called Strum that I think might just appeal to you.
Riptide 50 Strum
Paul Bieker really did find a nice balance for performance cruising. With it's water ballast system, a lifting keel that brings the 12' keel up to 7' and a powerful sailplan it is blazing fast, and yet it has all the creature comforts you could need! Perhaps she doesn't have a ton of fancy woodwork, but I love how clean and bright she is and as a result she is a very impressive 13,540lb in cruising trim.
Ahhh! If money was no object....
You can read more HERE
if you are interested.