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My fiancee and I are both law students in the San Francisco Bay Area and dream of/plan on moving aboard a sailboat once we've finished our studies and gotten jobs. I grew up on boats, but she didn't and so we'll be taking sailing lessons together this summer. In the meantime, we're researching boats and marinas and trying to educate ourselves. Currently, we're leaning towards a new/newer boat because we'll be living on it full time. We're both enamoured of Catalinas for their price/value, especially the Catalina 350 - we're not opposed to slightly smaller boats, but having a partitioned shower is essential and a little extra space for an office is highly desirable (the purist in me reviles at the thought, but we'll unfortunately be land-tied professionals).
We don't want to pay far more than we need to to get a brand new boat. Used would be fine, so long as in excellent condition. That said, real estate and apartment rent in the Bay Area is so insanely expensive that it almost doesn't matter what we buy because it will be cheaper than buying on land. Still, we'll need to be cost conscious because of our cloying student loans.
Our move is still about 2 years off, but we'd love some advice from more experienced sailors and liveaboards about finding the right boat and living situation. Thoughts?