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I'd argue that your fifth criteria, Performance, is a misnomer. Actually, "performance" can be defined as all of the other four criteria, so it is the first thing, not the last thing, on your list!
I never had any interest in racing until someone said "There's a great steakhouse but we don't have charts, if we can get in there while there's still daylight..." and I began to look at how to make boats go faster.
"Keep the wife happy and you will be happier too." Ah, well, how many wives really want their men to be messing around with boats at all?
So, in my cruiser's mindset (I'm built for comfort not for speed, as they say), I'd read your cruising criteria this way:
In the outright cruiser? Maybe dual or triple redundancy and huge capacity for everything. In the "performance cruiser" ? All the same safety gear, just scaled down from Nuclear War to what I'm more likely to experience, and curtailed according to what I can avoid. Skip the forward battery and power windlass, take two anchors instead of three, now the bow is lighter and the boat will be faster and more comfortable in seas. Is it any less safe? Well, that's a subjective choice.
One head instead of two? One Korean butane burner and meals-in-one can probably keep me happy for a long time and knock another 100# of metal out of the galley. And, I don't need a blender, I'll buy "blender drinks" at a bar if I need them. A good peanutbutter jar makes a great cocktail shaker. Does that mean I'm slumming it? Probably.
3) Access to equipment,
Who cares about access, that's what the servants have to deal with. No, really. If you want access, I suppose that means buy the bigger longer boat, which will be faster (performance) and load it lightly for good access.
4) Ability to put on equipment/gear,
Are we talking about a Targa bar here? Then again, I also love being dry under a bimini in the rain, but in these northern waters, running "furniture" all over the cockpit just seems like a blasted impediment to me. I've got a hat and hood if it rains or shines.
See? That's a part of everything you thought wasn't about performance! Now, did you want these JATO bottles installed on the pushpit, or the targa bar?