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sailandoar makes some very good points. There are quite a few shallow draft boats that are also fairly capable bluewater passagemakers. They give you far more options in the way of places to hide in bad weather. A shallow draft boat has less competition and more choices for hurricane holes.
Multihulls are particularly good beasties with shallow drafts...and Cats will give you a lot more living space than a comparable length monohull, and can be worked on by beaching it in many cases.
For the naysayers that don't like multihulls, I'd say that multihulls have been around a long time, and the Polynesian islanders were using them to cross oceans while the europeans were still living in the dark ages.
If you can resist loading up a cat, it can sail well, have more living space, and often sail much faster than a comparable length monohull. However, trimarans tend to have better sailing characteristics, but the smaller ones tend to have less living space than comparable length monohulls.
What is your budget? What is your experience level? Will you have a day job... all this is pretty important, and may affect what boat would be good for you to buy.
What kind of sailing are you planning on doing? Do you want to make long passages, or not? Is living space (a floating condo) more important that sailing capabilities, or do you want a good mix of the two?
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