Learning to sail. It is not rocket science 99% common sense but there are times you need to know the right thing to do. I was pretty much self taught on smaller boats when I left the UK on a 38 foot ketch but had a very experienced skipper help from Miford Haven down to Camaret.
Bavaria [2,500 sailing and motor yachts are produced per year] Beneteau Jeanneau are the big 3 with many of the new sales going into the charter biz hence the number of small cabins crammed in with multiple heads.
Look for [ owners versions ]
There are some manufacturers who built for the cruising market. Amel is one and a Euro or better still a Sharki would be good choices.
There some Roberts designs around but the build quality is variable however they tended to be built with the intentions of being cruised by couples with a max of two guests so you get a sensible layout.
Don't ignore Ferrocement either http://www.yachtworld.co.uk/core/lis...url=&imc=pg-fs
Yes it won't be fast and insurance will not be automatic but they have good insulation qualities. Many ferro boats have circumnavigated. That one above has teak decks which I hate and is a schooner [romantic] . Pro built hull and fitout. Ferro boats are hard to sell so you can always try an offer. IMHO that one is overpriced.