Yes, I have sailed 1500 miles in a well-built cut-away keel 43' center cockpit ketch that weighed a third more than my Hunter 40.5. She tracked well in reaching conditions, seemed less likely to pound in a chop, although we encountered little. Her cockpit was hardly comfortable and thanks to the hydraulic AP, we didn't have to horse the stiff wheel much. Nice ride in 15-25 knots and very comfortable. My 40.5 will pound if powering into a short period steep chop. If I induce more heel, she settles down. But head on powering will have you lose a filling. She handles big seas without a sweat. The worst conditions I have had her in was 35 knot winds gusting to 45 for about 14 hours in ugly cross seas 8-12 foot. That was in a race, so I was reluctant to reef past the first reef until we got pinned. When she got back on her feet, we put in a second reef and reefed the jib to about a 90. However, the boat herself was fine and the crew simply didn't react fast enough to the conditions. If you ask if that would have been fun for a week, I would say it would get old quick but there was no indication the boat was stressed. The biggest concern would be the rudder; there we several boats that lost steering. The Outbound 46 is a wonderful boat. Modern underbody (as I recall) with a long fin keel, skeg-hung rudder, encapsulated ballast, built-up interior (vs. a liner) and a modern rig. Also, top-quality outfitting equipment and big tankage. Having said that, she's hardly a Archer. When you look at her construction, it sounds a lot like modern production boats. And, to my eye, the interior and exterior look a lot like my own boat or a Catalina 445, which is to say, nice but traditional. She is also $550K to $600K asking, 3 to 5 times the corresponding production boat of similar vintage. Many people would simply not be able to cruise if they waited for the "right" boat, so they do it in what they can afford and equip them as best they can for the conditions. Speaking of which, it's about three weeks to a month non-stop from the west coast of the Americas to the Marquesas, right? I think that's the longest passage you are likely to encounter. I think there are more issues of light winds than heavy air from the people I have talked to. I'm not trying to diminish the value of a purpose-built boat for passages and reliability; just saying the attributes may be a tad overstated for many of us.