I am comparing two sister 39' boats for purchase and could use some input.
My intended use is for long term cruising with plenty of foreign ports of call.
Nothing wrong with tapered masts and rod rigging, but given your intended use, are either of these boats prepped and equipped for that purpose?
When buying a boat you can save a big bundle of money if you only consider boats whose current owners have equipped them for your intended use, i.e. if looking for long term cruising, dont even think about a boat prepped as a race boat or a coastal cruiser.
Re-purposing a boat will coast a bundle, in addition to the updates and repairs you are likely to need to do anyway with a new ownership.
Regardless of the mast type, and starting only with a blue-water design, I would think you want a boat equipped with a windvane, ssb radio, extra tanks, extra anchors with chain rodes, windlass, storm sails, inner forestay, etc... Adding this gear to a standard boat will run you tens of thousands of money otherwise needed for upgrades and repairs.
If you have already targeted you boats in this manner, then I would think either mast OK.