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Dream of Sailing as a living
There are lots of good cruising boats out there. Practical Sailor has a two volume set of boats they recommend.
PS are great boats, but the new ones are not really set up for long term cruising. Almost all new boats are built for the weekend sailor or short term cruiser.
I bought a Mariner 39 CC two years ago. This boat is 21 years old and in great condition. It is blue water proven having sailed from Florida to Tahiti, Alaska and Peru. The first owners lived on the boat for 18 years. Its layout is ideal for cruising, plenty of space. I went and looked at all the new boats at the St Pete boatshow last year and quite frankly would not trade my boat for any of the new ones.
And the cost was only $75,000 with no major refitting required.
So be willing to look long and hard. There are great boats out there.