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For that kind of budget, I think you need to stick with a production 30 footer, like a Tartan 30, not a bad compromise. Whatever model you focus on, I think the trick is to find a boat whose current owners have already equipped to do what you want to do. You will get a great break on the cost of outfitting her, even if you spend a lot more upfront than you would for a CL boat.
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