Re: Need help buying a good used sailboat/live-aboard
Welcome to SailNet.
Why don't you tell us some more about yourself, your goals, your (geographic) area, and your budget? Do you like to sail? Do you think refrigeration is necessity or a luxury? Can you change the oil and pull the injectors on an engine (or would you be willing to learn how)?
For $15,000 or less you could find a Tartan 34c, a Pearson 35, or a Catalina 30, with reasonable space for one person, maybe two. Probably wouldn't have a fridge or any form of cabin heating/cooling. Some people could be happy with that. Some people/couples couldn't until they spend $60-100k on a much bigger and more extensively equipped boat in the 40-45ft range.
In some places marina fees are reasonable and getting permission to live aboard isn't a problem. In others, fees are high and there is a years-long waiting list for liveaboard slips.