Good honest advice and from real experience. Maybe I should be looking at an RV instead? NAW - same problems and it would never sail to the Bahamas without leaking. lol...
My friend with the Gulfstar 50' is SUPER handy and committed. He has rebuilt engines, played with fiberglass like he invented it, rewired, rebuilt a kitchen and teak floors, etc. He told me anyone who can screw in a lightbulb can do it too. I just shook my head.
IF I can find a decent boat in my price range that I can LIVE aboard while working on it, that would be great. I am not in a position to haul it anywhere or keep it in the dockyard to repair it, while continuing to maintain a home or even apartment. Sure, I will have it pulled to work on it for under a month, but NOT for an extended period. The clash of my budget and fantasy with the reality of what's available may kill the idea altogether. But, with some studying, patience, advice from those before me and perseverance, I think I'll find the right boat for me.
Thanks for the advice,