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meador....use the calculator
I too joined this site looking to become a liveaboard, and I am still in the process. The only reason I'm not living aboard this very second is no one will accept my offers on their boats, even when I offer them fair value. I'm looking for something 35-40'.
What I found with the help of many web sites and a little buying power...the asking price for my boat was 45k...and I eventually got it for 37k....from what I have seen with market values...it seems most are selling close to 10k below asking...so that will give you an idea of what you can afford. When the time comes...get a survey..unless the boat is low balled..then save the 1k that will cost. Transport is an issue too..depending on where you buy...and of course the dreaded sales tax...unless you document it...cheaper..but kind of a pain...still requires a recent survey..and a pile of paperwork. If you are leaving the country...documented is the way to go!