Getting a sailboat that is capable of long-term cruising with two people aboard for $50,000 is doable. There are a lot of older good boats out there that would do the job.
Just be aware that cruising and reliable internet access aren't really achievable without a big capital investment and having fairly large battery banks to support the hardware required IMHO. That generally isn't doable on a small cruising boat, with a limited budget.
I don't know how reasonable it would be for you to expect to be able to run both an on-line store for your wife's jewelry business or your web design business from the boat. This is especially the case if she is the designer and maker of the jewelry, which would require her to have access to supplies as well as the ability to ship her product—neither of with is feasible on a cruising boat.
IMHO, it might make more sense to build up both businesses, and spend some years chartering, and then sell both and buy a boat and move aboard...rather than trying to run two businesses which aren't really appropriate to a cruising lifestyle.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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