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However, she may be far more seaworthy than some of more comfortable, floating condos that you may be considering. I would recommend you get a very seaworthy boat, that is also comfortable enough to live on, especially if you're planning on going across the Pacific.
Given your budget, I'm guessing that you're looking at a used boat, rather than a new. New boats in the size range you're talking about are considerably more expensive than what you have budgeted. Things to consider about boats and the way they are constructed.
1) Look for a manufacturer that did not use a large hull liner, so that you have access to most of the hull. If you're on a long passage and have a leak in a boat with a hull liner, it is often difficult to get access to the leaking area to stop the leak and make repairs.
2) Look for a manufacturer that has made the deck with solid fiberglass and backing plates where any hardware passes through the deck. If they have not, try to find out if they have "potted" the deck there, and removed the core and filled the area with thickened epoxy. Either way, the deck's core should be protected from any leaks that occur where the hardware passes through the hull.
3) The chainplates should be very well fastened and easily accessed.
4) The hull deck join should be mechanically fastened, as well as chemically bonded. Through-bolting is the preferred way to secure the hull deck join.
If the boat has a cored deck, which I'm not particularly a big fan of, the through hulls in the hull should be in a non-cored area, that is heavily reinforced.
Furniture and bulkheads should be heavily tabbed to the hull, as should the stringers used to stiffen the hull.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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