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I think you might want to take a step back and re-think what you're doing.
Bargain boats rarely are... it is often far more expensive to buy a bargain boat than it is to buy the same boat in decent condition. This is particularly true if you're going to be living aboard the boat, as it is far harder to refurbish a boat if you are living on it.
I'd highly recommend getting the book, "The Sailor's Book of Small Cruising Sailboats", as it discusses over 300 small sailboats that might be suitable for you, and would give you a chance to read up on what the good and bad points of the various boats are before deciding what to look at.
eBay, IMHO, is a pretty lousy place to buy a boat. Better deals are generally had by walking the boatyards and marinas and seeing what is there and talking to the people there.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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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