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Re: Hello New Mid-life moron here!
OK, your post was a little confusing. You say you want a live aboard boat and then you mention missing out on a free day sailer.
Which one do you want? A day sailer or a boat you can live aboard?
As to the type of boat...often boats that make great live aboard boats aren't great sailing boats and often great sailing boats aren't very comfortable to live aboard.
If you do want a live aboard boat, are you talking 24/7, 365 days a year?
If you are looking for a full time live aboard boat, you need to decide what creature comforts are must haves and what would be nice to have but not mandatory.
My first sailboat was a 30' Catalina. it's a very large and comfortable 30 footer, but my boat was pretty bare bones. No shower, no hot water, no refrigerated icebox and only had an alcohol stove that we never used. We did have a hatch style AC unit which was a must for us on hot summer nights.
The Catalina 34 we now have has the creature comforts we want. Hot water, shower, gas stove, refrigerated ice box, microwave and an installed reverse cycle heat/AC unit.
I suggest walking the docks at your local marinas, and going aboard some of their "for sale" boats. Look them over carefully and ask yourself, is this a boat I can comfortably live aboard all 4 seasons a year.