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My first liveaboard was a 21' Sailstar, if you've ever seen it, it's all cockpit (looks almost identical to an O'Day Mariner) I was on the outs with my gf at the time, thought I'd spend the weekend on the boat, turned into a year and a half! The mystique of "no address, no bills, take off to the Keys for a month whenever you like" got a hold of me good...
I'm shopping for my next home afloat and I'm looking for something 26' to 30', which to me is ideal for a single person, there's some "magic barrier" past the 30' mark that seems to make your life more expensive. Doing a lot of owner research, I'm leaning towards the Columbia 26MkII, the Coronado 25 and 27...almost fanatical loyalty from their owners, widely available and in some cases for a song. I'm also enamored of some of the larger "flat top" Cals, the 28, 29...I like the idea of using that forward deck...I'm 6' but I don't care so much about headroom, the only time I spend inside the cabin is in the horizontal in any case...