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Buying a 28-34 ft Cruising boat...
The Catalina has the engine mounted midship, great access on 3 sides, but it is in the middle of cabin. Check owners association website for more info if you have not already. http://www.catalina30.com/
When Catalina was designing new 30 (Mark IV I believe) they changed to new construction methods as used first on C270 (hull w/ liner) they decided design was so different that it became the new 310. The 30''s were popular enough that they have said they will continue making a "few" each year for those who want them.
Generally most upkeep ends up being "by the foot", in my area dockage is $10-15 a linear foot/month (of boat not dock, 28'' boat in 25'' slip pays for 28'') survey $10-12, Etc.
Most Marinas charge an extra $150 to $175 for live-aboard and some have size requirements. Where my boat is requires 35'' for liveaboard.
There is a shortage of dockspace in CA, slips under 30'' are available in winter sometimes, others may be on waiting list of several months. For a 50'' current estimate is 9 years on waiting list. You might want to check in your area to see what''s available & what boatyards etc. are charging as they can vary widely from port to port.