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Haven't quit ;) - Need a little further direction on finding my home
After several months of daily effort to find my liveaboard home, I've made little progress in finding the right boat for the right price.
I would love some more direction from you guys.
I'm 22, 6' 2", single and have very few necessary belongings - my space issue is simply not feeling cramped.
I've bounced around from people saying Catalina 27s are not suitable for liveaboard to threads talking of small families living on them for years. I was in a 27 and it felt cramped. One part of me says go with your gut, it's not for you, and the other half says well maybe you are asking for too much.
On the other hand, I loved the Catalina 30 (the 10' 10" beam and layout felt like I was in a nice apartment). The price however is nearer the $20k range. I was hoping to spend in the $10-$12 range. I DO see some Catalinas going for this price but they are outliers and I'm naturally reluctant. Again I have two sides disagreeing... one saying the Catalina 30 is clearly the boat for me and I should keep my eyes peeled, the other says the boat is clearly out of my desired budget and I need to look elsewhere.
Another runner is an O'Day 28" as it has a 10' 3" beam. Some are in the $8-$10 range but then some are $15k+.
I'm open to any input and direction!