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Given your very limited budget, it is very unlikely that you will find a boat that meets all of your requirements. Most boats with standing headroom and a shower are going to be newer and larger than you can afford.
Not many boats in your price range are going to be capable of being a liveaboard boat. A Cape Dory 28, Alberg 30, and a few others are going to be available, in somewhat rough shape, for your price. Most will not have a pressure water system, none will have a shower, most will have some basic electrical capacity and galley for meal preparation, but I doubt any will have a toaster oven or much in the way of shelving. Books tend to have a relatively short lifespan on an older, smaller sailboat, unless the boat is maintained impeccably.
Any boat can be a liveaboard, but a boat smaller than 26' or so, will be a very primitive existence... more like camping on the water than anything else. There are exceptions to this of course, a Flicka 20 can make a nice liveaboard, but they are rather expensive little boats.
Also, I don't believe you've budgeted sufficient funds for maintenance, upkeep, dock and marina costs. And most marinas charge an additional fee for liveaboard boats and require a minimum of $300,000 in liability insurance.
However, you may not need to have a shower on-board the boat, since if you're living at a marina, you will generally want to use the shower and toilet facilities ashore. Using the head on the boat, while at a dock, requires that you have the holding tank pumped out occassionally.... and that can be a problem.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-06-2007 at 08:18 PM.