Our DF has all the bilges and under drawer spaces gel coated. This permits voluminous space to become quite usable for all sorts of canned goods, drinks, boxed goods and other supplies for live aboards and long distance cruisers.
DFs are intentionally designed for offshore work and heavy weather. Window thickness, water shedding, full keels, high bows and large rudders aid in this regard. Assuming you keep a weather eye, doubtful you'd be in harms way with a DF. Read a great log some years ago about an English couple who bought a DF (44 as I recall) on the US west coast and took it to England via Panama Canal. Or the oft traveled Egret who encountered a DF from NA happily cruising off the Southern tip of Chile.
But chest thumping and personal prejudices aside, current condition, logged prior maintenance and upgrades will tell the story. Just met with a TF member who has a KK 58. That vessel trumps those are under discussion on this thread. But budget enters into it as well I guess, darn it.