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Re: help choosing a boat to suit my purpose
I agree with Jordan. The biggest limitation will be what's available for sale locally. We could tell you to that a Tartan 30 would be ideal for you, but if you can't find one locally, then the advice isn't really going to do you any good. Look around at the "for sale" ads and get a sense of the manufacturers whose boats come up frequently. Then come back and ask here about them.
That being said, I've read very positive comments about Westerly's. The twin keel design seems to be well suited for the conditions you'll see in the UK. I'm not sure if there are any that are big enough for comfortable living aboard, but if you can squeeze into a 25-26 foot boat, then you may be OK. I've seen some on this side of the Atlantic for prices well below your budget, which would leave you a good bit to be able to spruce up whatever you buy.
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