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To reduce maintenance maximally, get a 32' (your minimum or less, even better) with as few systems as possible that has been VERY well maintained. Think sub-30' if you really want low maintenance. Remember that when a boat gets longer it also gets wider and deeper which makes maintenance costs vary more by the cube of the length; although, initial construction costs are best judged by displacement ... I wonder if this is a better judge of maintenance cost? Since you mention performance, it is worth noting that performance boats are usually driven harder and subjected to higher stresses and therefore have higher maintenance.
If you REALLY want low maintenance, get a boat without an engine or any electrical systems. Learn how to scull and use portable devices for your minimal electrical needs. Get one that has no through-hulls and simply use a porta-potti or a composting head. Yes, you can still use kerosene for your lighting. Just how much are you willing to sacrifice for maintenance??
Plus, removing all that weight will up your performance....
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Last edited by marujosortudo; 12-09-2009 at 07:56 PM.