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So I am not a boater, But I am investigating the live aboard idea I am living in Colorado right now and have about 50k to spend and would like to have a boat to live on I am really liking the idea of Hawaii or Seattle. Hawaii seems to be a pipe dream though, My background is in construction and mechanics. I am however a current student at the local University and am using my V.A. funding for that. I am going to do some research to see if any of that will help me. The only other issues are I have a German Shepard and a rotty that will have to stay with me at any cost. Any info volunteered here would be more that appreciated other wise I will be doing lots of research here so I can post intelligent questions thank you and nice to meet you all.
P.S. I am also currently a master diver and am contemplating a new career in that so it is one of my considerations on location.

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Welcome aboard. You've got $50K and skills and tools- you're golden.
I've gotta ask- why hawaii? or seattle
Not that there is anything wrong with hawaii or the pnw and maybe it is because of your west of the miss location, but if i was looking for a cheap boat, cheap living, construction or diving jobs, I 'd be looking on the gulf coast. it's waaay cheaper than the west coast.


I gotta say, i find boat pricing deeply weird on the west coast. when i see what people are asking for Bayliner Buccaneers in the PNW i'm not sure whether to gasp, cry, or giggle...and when i see how little people want for Saturnas, Truants, Willards and Monks, I am dismayed and envious.

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I am from Montana originally so the P.N.W. is just in my blood I guess, I am sorry bljones I am afraid I have no idea what those names are that you are referring to but I am going to assume that those are good boats to look at. I do know from what I have found so far I am interested in a 40 plus foot unit. I love the allure of sail boats but for my skills and expertise I believe a motor craft to be a better fit, I also would prefer a diesel. Thank you for the welcome.
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No need to be sorry- you're just starting out. Google and Yachtworld are your friends. Type in those names, Monk, Truant, Saturna, Willard, even Rawson, and Gulf and see
what you get.
Now, if you are feeling brave, type in Bayliner Buccaneer 275. You have been warned.
Do NOT do an image search.
Dammit, I told you not to!

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I should also qualify that the 50k is a all inclusive price as in I have that in cash and do not want to finance anything. I try very hard to keep a no debt life style.
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Welcome!

My advice would be to buy a boat you can resell if needed. Get something others are going to want if you decide things have changed.

And for gods sakes, get it as turn key as possible. Try not to go down the refit road...

Oh, and make sure it has a sweet diesel and don't ever ever read anything by the Pardy's or Jay f*%ing Fitzgerald...

Lastly - NO COMPOSTING HEADS.

Other than that, best of luck and welcome to the wonderful and horrible world of dreaming of living aboard a sailboat!
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The whole Idea of composting heads is disturbing to me to say the least, I have been looking at older tugs but they seem to be expensive for some reason I really like the Chris Craft Catalina right now the one I found was 52 ft I think only drawback is it is gas, It is in Seattle. The issue I am having is I like the looks of taller units. I have researched some boats that are sail units and while very stream lined seem short for lack of a better word. The pictures of the inside of the Catalina seem spacious comparatively. I am 6'2" and do not want to bend over to walk around or crack my head every time I turn around I do that plenty now, I found a few cat's I think they are referred to as that are awesome but at 150k are not happening. Thank you all again for your warm welcoming
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