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Old 03-07-2010
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I have lived aboard 3 boats. A Balboa 22, an Islander Bahama 24, and now a Haida 26. Standing headroom is key. Don't spend 25000. You can get a great boat to live aboard for 5000. All you need is standing headroom, a comfortable berth, and no leaks in deck, hull, or in between. I got my boat for 2000. It is a respected design. You are always going to have to bust out boat bucks. $1000 here and there. It's just reality if you are trying to keep a boat in good shape. Every time you add three feet to the boat maintenance costs double. Keep that in mind when shopping. I would suggest a 27. There are plenty around. It won't kill you on moorage, it will fit in all but the smallest slips, it will be relatively cheap to maintain, and it won't limit where you can go. I wouldn't get a Catalina, but the boat is your choice!
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