For many who like Aluminum, there is a well traveled and documented boat.
I have always like these kind of boats, as well as Dashew's boats.
Evan and Beth recently received an award from one of the sailing foundations for all of their travel in high latitudes. The boat is very simple, and Evan outlines all of his thinking on how the built it and outfitted it. They are the real deal.
I have a 34' Searunner Trimaran. Center Cockpit, weight in the center, all controls and mast right there in the cockpit. True cutter rig, galley and living separate from sleeping areas. I can fix anything on the boat myself. Give's good ride and speed for cruising. Feels very secure in a blow (you are 10' from the water in the center cockpit) Sleep 6 if we need to, 4 in dedicated bunks. Designed for a couple to cruise. 6'6" draft with board down 2' with board up. Cockpit is 6'6" long, can sleep in it. 9.9 HP Outboard pushes us at 6-7 kts at 2/3 throttle, will make 4 kts in almost no breeze. Great light air boat, I sail on and off the hook all the time, rarely motor. (cost 25k and another 10k to get it where it is today)
The Searunner is a perfect boat for this part of my life. The ultimate for me is here:
Hammerhead 54 Trimaran High Performance Cruising Catamarans and Trimarans by Chris White Designs
I cannot for some reason post any photos of my boat, but there are a lot of photos in the URL below, mixed in with wireless mono's (no more wire rigging)