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post #4 of Old 06-17-2004
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Help me find my budget dream boat!

Just an off the cuff impression, looking for an "inexpensive offshore and liveaboard boat" sounds like looking for an inexpensive 4X4 and winnebago. You said luxury and space are secondary considerations, so it sounds like you''re looking for something like a van with 4X4 capability and ruggedness and you''re willing to camp out in it as you drive around the outback. Lots of archived messages on this board will convince you there''s no shortage of suitable vessels capable of single handed extended cruising if you are willing to sacrifice comfort; Jeff usually wisely steers people towards racer/cruiser designs, particularly more recent vintage, but your "Inexpensive" stipulation may limit the possibilities. Just how limited is your budget? It''s going to be a lot harder to find a boat that meets your requirements on a shoestring.

Allen Flanigan
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