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I was tempted to vote for the Swan but the only thing in the 42' range they make is the day sailer. Having done some passages on a Hinkley 42 (Miami-Bahamas) and a Hans Christian 41 (NY-Bermuda) I would have to say that the HC inspired a lot more confidence. So my vote would go towards other boats of that sort - Pacific Seacraft, Valiant, etc. The HC 41 is really a 38 or so, the bow-sprit is included in the LOA.
I question whether a 42' boat is really an ideal size for blue water sailing, at least shorthanded. Everything on it is larger and requires more force. I'm a large fellow, even so I was working hard to winch, etc. Now of course the Hinkley had all sorts of electric furling devices, but these are not compatible with my view of what you want for blue water. So with a crew of four, sure.
The Halberg-Rassey 43 above looks great. One thing I didn't like about the HC was getting his by large waves and the cockpit filling to the brim with water. This was in a terrible storm, to be sure, but that is the time you'd most like to stay at least a bit secure in your cockpit.