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Re: The Live aboard dream right out of college?
FIrst of all, as said above, a boat for livaboard for a year or two vs. an ocean crossing boat are 2 different things. Concentrate on the livaboard first and after a few years, look at ocean cruisers.
There are a lot of questions that only you can answer.
The big one...budget. How much do you have to spend on a boat and how much for upgrading and everyday expenses?
You need to decide which creature comforts are a must. As I said in another post, my first boat was a very roomy 30' Catalina, but it was bare bones. It didn't have hot water, shower or a refrigerated icebox. It did have an alcohol stove that we never use.
Our Catalina 34 we now have has, hot water, shower, gas stove, microwave and installed reverse cycle heat/AC unit. These things are important to us and we wouldn't have a boat without them.
What are the must items for you for a full time livaboard boat? Answer that first and then look for boats that meet your needs and budget.