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Lightbulb Need help finding perfect boat!

Hello, I need help finding the ideal boat for me.

Right now, I'm looking for something under 5k.

The purpose would be mainly to get out to the Florida Keys reefs (1-3 miles off shore in 30-60 foot water) and scuba dive.

The boat should be at least 18 feet in length.

The catch? I do not have the time, space or patience with a cabin. We'll be getting in and out of the boat with crab traps, scuba gear, research gear, kayaks, you name it....

I have yet to find a boat that doesn't have a cabin yet can still withstand the conditions off the Keys.

Would I have to customize something? It's a shame that nobody wants to use the deck of their sailboat.
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