Originally Posted by harrisos
Then what would be a boat suitable for what I want to do, and what would these boats be used for?
The Sea Ray is not designed for long distance cruising, it's designed for day trips. Long distance cruising requires a hull design with superior sea keeping abilities, redundant systems, fuel capacity, economical performance, ample storage, a comfortable space for crew, and the ability to be self suficient on the water for days at a time.
The Commander hull is probably bullet proof. They are built like a tank. I don't know what condition "almost completely restored" is in this case, but again this boat was not built for the kind of long distance cruising we have on the west coast.
The Constellation may be a beautiful boat, but you are in classic car territory with this one. Lavish it with attention. Take it out for a Sunday cruise. This boat might take your local yard owner's kid through college, but it's not going to take you anywhere.
A boat with the capability to safely cruise the west coast from Alaska to Mexico is going to require a bigger budget than the choices you have made here.