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post #19 of Old 08-24-2013
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Re: Need help buying a good used sailboat/live-aboard

As others have said, a lot depends upon what you intend doing with the boat. If you intend motoring up the ICW at all then chances are bridge clearance will be an issue, similarly with a deep draft. There are some bargains out there at present especially if you pick a boat for example with a 66 foot bridge clearance. Forget the asking price and try a low offer - you've nothing to lose and with the numbers of people returning from the Caribbean you might get lucky. I would never buy a 'smaller' boat to see what living on board is like and then try to upsize - the hassles trying to sell it (at a loss) aren't worth it. We bought a liveaboard, 43 foot, 65' bridge clearance for $84k, on the market for $104k.(and lived aboard for 5 years)
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