That is a little silly, unless you are comparing it to a pure race boat. I think you would hard pressed to find anyone who has sailed a PSC or Valiant who would say it is a "notorious poor performer". Perhaps you are forgetting that your Tayana and the PSC are radically different designs.
In New England, a PSC and Catalina of a similar water are probably about 15 seconds different. For that 15 seconds you get a much more comfortable ride.
I for sure agree with you about the room. If I had two teenagers on board for more than a weekend, I would rather have private rooms for them.
I am a Valiant and PSC fan. You wont believe that as you read some of my posts. But they are a purpose built boat - long distance passage making. Just like the Catalina would not be my first choice to cross the Atlantic with, the PSC would not be my first choice to to day sail in the Chessy with or run down to FL with, or go to Bermuda with.
Just so you know, I worked a lot with the Valiant guys at Cedar Mills (where they were made). Both the tayana and my boats (380 and 400) were there. THey painted and outfitted much of my c380 and helped both with knowledge and work on my 400. THey did a lot of work on the Tayana and were a valuable resource in all respects. The stuff they build is top notch. Red's stainless work is insanely good. I hated to see their boats stop production.
However, I have sailed with them (Valiants). Our good friends came down from St Pete with us on their PSC 37. I have obviously spent a LOT of time on a Tayana 42. They are sslllooowwww in most winds that I like to sail in and motor slow. Now put her in twenty-five + sustained, and those boats lay over nicely and make for a nice, comfortable ride where most production boats become uncomfortable and are dropping in reefs. They have a awesome rep for a reason - as coastal cruisers of five days or so at sea, you can pick your weather window pretty well. THat doesn't really happen when crossing the Atlantic. They are heavy built (over-built) long distance passage making cruisers. They have a LOT of cabinetry which is awesome for storage and access to systems is extraordinary (ie, Valiants installed most of their stuff AFTER the boat is put together to make sure it is all serviceable and able to come back out). The boats have a lot higher end porthulls, stainless work is like a battleship, the decks are wide and comfortable, the cockpits are tight with good foot rests. Engine access is great with good straight berths/sea berth ready for lee cloths. THey are great boats for their purpose.
Now, take my Catalina for instance. SHe is the opposite of tender. She is running a easy 7+ in 15 kts of wind (reality is most of what you see or less) and will exceed hull speed. She will motor at hull speed (8.3). I have a lot of porthulls and hatches for a good breeze. I have a sugar scoop which is awesome for loading and unloading groceries, getting on/off from tender, loading water (try lifting 4-40 pound water jugs up over the free board on a PSC or Valiant or Tayana.... gets old real quick). She sails basically flat an has a very easy and predictable motion at sea (sure footed). You have a queen (almost king) sized berth below and a full V berth forward for comfortable sleeping. You have a separate shower that means you don't have to dry stuff off every time someone showers. You have a large cockpit you can stretch out in with a large table both for entertaining and eating outside in comfort. You have a walk through to the transom between wheels so you are not crawling over the coamings or cockpit seats. You have good footholds at all angles of heel. I sail in most winds the PSCs and Valiants and Tayanas motor in. I have two separate cabins for privacy and a place to get away. Also good when having guests.
Now, which boat would you rather spend time in Florida in or sail around for a weekend in the Chessy?? Crossing the Atlantic, give me a Valiant or TV-42. But for their use, why in the world get a heavy, cramped, slow, tight little boat????
I just don't get it. My suggestion is for the OP to look at different production boats (bene, Jenneau, or Catalina). If his budget is higher, maybe used sabres or X's or a J42. THose are well built boats too but perform well in the winds most typically seen. I still don't know what his budget is, so are we lookin at a 200k late 90s Crealock or a vintage 70s Crealock?
One last point, our previous moderator (John Pollard) also had a PSC and a family and he considered taking off and going cruising exactly like you are (he is also in the Chessy). He was going to sell that and get a Catalina. Food for thought...
Ok, I said my piece. They are my opinions, so take them as such. Others have different opinions and different needs and wants. If they didn't, everyone would be sailing one type of boat. Reality is that if you fall in love with the PSC, you will make it work and you will love it. Get the boat that calls to your heart, and if it is the PSC, go for it. It sure isn't like you are 'settling' to have a PSC!!! Darn nice boats and well built.
I'll leave this thread alone now.