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Brewer 56 (with pic) advice ?
The boat in question appears to be at the opposite end of the spectrum from a catamaran. The boat in the photo looks like a pretty interesting boat, but the photo provides no where near enough information to base a reasonable opinion. I would say that a heavy displacement fifty something footer is an awful lot of boat for a two man crew to handle and even an athletic two man crew can get really beat to death by a boat like that when things go awry.
Similarly, Catamarans vary so extensively that I don''t think that there is one universally right answer there either.
At some level, while there is no such thing as a dumb question, the fact that your friends are considering vessles with the sheer divergence in sailing characteristics between the Brewer 56 and any Cat suggests that thye probably have a whole lot of studying up on the characteristics that would make a boat desireable to them.
I would suggest that in a general sense they would probably be better off with a mono-hull that is no more than 46 feet and no more than about 27,000 lbs displacement but then that comes from my own ideas about what makes a desirable offshore boat and of course there is no one universally right answer here.