Sorry for the need to elaborate. if I don't, readers may not know where to start.
Decided that I need to spend a few years studying and sailing before heading for deep blue water on a liveaboard. Having been a cabinetmaker, I am not afraid of working on an older boat. Since I like to do good and sturdy work, figuring that I should pour my labor and funds into a boat that doesn't top out at ~$3000-$5000 resale value.
Size range: ~25-30' on a trailer
Year range: ~1968-1983
Class: coastal cruiser
Time to obtain: 1-4 months
Method to obtain: Partial to auctions, some things slip through the cracks
Why invest in a "light" fixer/upper?: I want "good bones" but I also want to be able to fix many, maybe even most, problems at sea.
Long term goal: ~45' blue water liveaboard...sail around the world.
Why not crew somewhere? Can't leave home for more than a week at a time.
Priorities: Ease of Use, Sturdiness. Headroom, I am 6'4".
Why do I keep seeing this guy everywhere? Sorry, I do most everything at 100 mph.
Tow truck: 3/4 ton Dodge with 488 gas or 1 1/2 ton GMC box truck with 454. Dodge is probably the better tow vehicle.
Present location: San Luis Valley, southern Colorado close to Hwy 160.
Destination: Sea of Cortez aka Gulf of California
Budget: Several modest real estate lots up for sale so.....that depends. Sold two in January, spent by February.
Fiberglass experience: built some enticing mannequins
Wood experience: even have a 5hp drum sander
Heavy equipment: old forklift that likes to get stuck in the sand
Room: Five fenced country acres
Boating experience: Plenty of outboard, had a sailfish sailboat as a kid. Almost steered a schooner into an unseen sandbar in between islands.