Re: Has anybody gone the sub £5k route for a liveaboard?
There was a 28 foot Westerly here in New York that they were trying to sell for years, and could not, I think they donated it finally. I thought it looked like a tough boat. It was too small for me, as I am willing to only sacrifice so much. But if I bought it at least I would be in the water now! The other thing with a small boat, is the slip fees will be lower.
I would only go for a "dead engine" if it was something I could reasonably rebuild. An Atomic 4 here in the US had good parts availability. I would run from a Volvo, as parts are ridiculously expensive and hard to get here. Some brands can be very expensive even for maintenance parts.