I bought one as my liveaboard 'forever' boat. It is fast; I sail single handed some of the time but am happy to see 7.5 knots without getting concerned and passing people is great.
I bought it expecting that my sailing would be confined to the Caribbean basin but I would be happy to sail it back to the UK.
I do not think it meets the classic bluewater capable paramaters, for one thing the cockpit is HUGE. I also have some reservations about the lack of a cross bulkhead on the chain plate axis. It is a big central saloon.
I looked at a LOT of boats and did my homework before buying Elephants Child. She had been the subject of an extensive refit and this was a factor as I felt I needed to do very little before going cruising. But if for some reason I was looking again for a boat a Bombay 44 would be top of my sub 100k boats.
A Beneteau Idylle 43 would be the next on the list but I just love the size of the shower on the Bombay; room for a at least two friends!
I really like my boat, it is as big as I want to handle on my own at my age , it it is fast [ my last boat was a heavy UGLY slow steel ketch ] and best of all when I see it sitting there in the anchorage I think she looks good.
Mind you I had the cockpit cover part of the bimini off recently to do some restitching and it looked very different, not nearly as sleek.
Feel free to PM me for anything specific.