ok, slow down, back away from the edge, grab yourself an adult beverage and relax.
your perfect boat is out there.
There are literally thousands in florida, the gulf coast and coastal texas that will do what you want it to do.
that being said....
Any "better value" you may get from a northern boat will be shot by the time you drag it down south, especially in the 10k range. (and yea, not to pee on anybodys parade, I think "northern" boats are better, less use, less UV damage) blah, blah, blah.
In real general terms, freshwater boats are also in better "shape" than saltwater.
But, considering you're PR
, I can't see where it would have any financial benefit to get a freshwater boat trucked to the salt. (even in the same general region.. here in tx, trucking a 30 ft boat is almost 3.00 a mile, plus pick and splash & rigging fees, that eats up a lot of the 10k doesn't it)
Please, put away the moisture meter too. In unskilled hands, its worthless. And, imho, you don't want to train yourself to use it on your own first boat. Hire a good surveyor. (no, not me, I'm to old and feeble to do anything but bitch these days.)
It bares repeating, a 10k boat that needs sails really is worth a lot less than a 15k boat that has new sails.
Oh, this claptrap about inboard vs outboard needs to go over the side as well.
"MOST" (quit with the hate mail) boats you're going to be looking at WILL have an inboard, either an atomic4 gas job, or a diesel of some type. You're going to want an inboard in a monohull if you're going to be tooling around the islands. You can "get away" with an outboard, but, the first time it cavitates and you hear "WEEE, I'M FREE" generated by the prop, you'll wonder why you ever thought an outboard was a good idea.
Its my experience that everyone has their own preference as to brand of diesel motor, but, stick with the "name" brands, stay away from volvos (too expensive to fix)and you'll be ok.
Whatever particular boat you decide on is going to be subject to the previous owners maintenance.
Boats that have been taken care of are going to be more expensive.
I don't mean to sound harsh, but right now, as of this very second, deciding on inboard vs outboard, vs in a well or on a bracket is kind of like a kid with a learners permit asking about angle of attack on a Ducati.
Find the right for ~you~ boat... first.