Alex: Thanks for the info, I'm from Washington too and can see how one wouldn't need a refrigerator on a boat, but I live in Florida now and like my beer cold
Coolers and ice boxes only stay cold for a day or so here. I guess the answer is to beef up the electrical system to allow for battery charging either from the outboard or solar panels. I understand some 12v/110ac reefers are made which have a pretty low draw.
hriehl: sailing and working both appeal to me, but I will almost certainly be buying a boat in the water and keeping it there as I don't plan to buy a truck also! Thats why I'm really focused on the hull and deck being solid, so I can limit my haul out time and expenses.
Appreciate everyone's advice, if I had the cash today and was to buy one of the boats I listed the Catalina seems like a much better choice as it is all there, just tired.