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Old 04-03-2009
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You might really want to strongly consider what your primary goals are and then buy a boat based on them. Most of the Dutch sailing barges are not all that seaworthy, if they're what I'm thinking of... and would be very expensive to ship across the ocean.

IMHO, you'd be far better off getting a monohull or catamaran and using that to liveaboard.

How are you going to earn a third income stream with the boat? If you're going to be chartering it, then you'll need a USCG captain's ticket of some sort.

Also, what skills do you have? Owning and maintaining a large steel boat is difficult unless you have skills that apply to the specifics of doing so. If you have to farm out all the maintenance, you'll rapidly go broke.

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