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Great comments. As was mentioned, look for the absolute smallest boat that will give you the most comfort. I loved living on my Cape Dory 27 back in the '80s. It didn't have full standing headroom. But it had lots of comfortable sitting room and the berths were comfortable for sleeping.
If you are going to live on a boat, it will help you make a smoother transition if you get used to living in a tiny space. Downsize your lifestyle to the bare minimum. I'm ashore right now and doing this. And it's because I intend to return to the liveaboard lifestyle.
Go small and simple so you can sail more and save lots of money. On my 27, I was able to get her underway in 20 minutes and go sailing. And, I kept her simple enough without all the crapola that people tend to bring aboard for creature comfort. So, while my neighbor liveaboards were tied to the dock in huge boats, repairing this and maintaining that, I was out every weekend cruising from Friday to Sunday. That's when I worked full time.
But the point is, smaller and simpler will pay you back many times over. More time for sailing and more money in the cruising kitty.