Re: How to live aboard? possible?
I suggested a smaller boat (26-28) with your budget. A $10k 35' boat almost has to be crappier than a $10k 27 footer - and if you cut back a bit to save for 'incidentals' to say $6k then even more so.
You are used to working with your hands and brain so that will be a big plus. The systems on the boat are not complex, but they will be old and are subject to a difficult environment.
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.