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Re: Cal 28 Vs. Catalina 27 livaboard
First, welcome from another lower-mainlander.
Living aboard in Vancouver is a difficult thing to do.. first, moorage is hard to find, esp legal sanctioned liveaboard, and if you find it it's not inexpensive, plus the city will want their cut.
There are people living 'on the hook', but if you're working and commuting you've got issues with where to keep your vehicle, where to safely stow your dinghy/tender during the day, and the constant exposure to the weather and sea conditions. Anchoring in sheltered water like False Creek is restricted to short term permits.
At 6'2 you're unlikely to have standing headroom in either of these boats. The Cal may feel roomier because of it's flush deck design, and the dodger & bimini, esp if with a full enclosure gives you another 'room'. These are both smallish boats for comfortable full time all season liveaboards.. esp in BC's wet winter climate.
Any boat you choose will need some work... be it a new stove, a holding tank, etc. Both of these items are rather crucial for a liveaboard scenario so you'll simply need to budget in anticipation of that.
But before you buy please look into and/or secure appropriate moorage or you may well be left with a boat and nowhere to put it.
Best of luck.
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