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Re: 42 ft Slocum: Need Advice.
If you truly plan to sail offshore the 'rounded settee' is not really very practical if you need a midships sea berth during a passage. Coastal cruising and harbour hopping it's less of an issue.
Valiant 40/42 and Passport 42 are a couple of similar boats - the P42 is from the same designer as the Slocum - (West Van's Stan Huntingford). If the budget is there I'd prefer the Passport 40 overall, beautiful fit-out, rock solid, better performance, big cockpit... but probably a bit pricier.
I'd avoid going to 47 feet personally, but YMMV...
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