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I'd say your budget needs an upgrade for sure, for that size of boat unless you're looking for a project. And even then, after upgrades and repairs you'll be well over $50K.
The Whitby is a proven offshore design, my sense of the Morgan OI is a Florida/Caribbean island hopper. Stepped aboard a Gulfstar 39 just this past weekend for the first time, nice boat.... but beyond that I don't know details.
Your plans to venture "off the beaten track" puts a premium on self sufficiency and reliability as well as robustness... none of these are ensured on a limited budget or in a "bargain boat".
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)