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I'm coming from the perspective of former full time live aboard. I think you are on the right track for the most part.
One thing I'm questioning a bit is your size requirements. 45' is a big boat to single hand and an expensive boat to maintain.
I owned two live aboard sailboats. The first was when I was single. She was 30'. She was plenty big enough for a single guy and a dog. Private V-Birth cabin forward, private head with a real door. Main salon had a couch, a table that could comfortably sit 4, a quarter birth and a small galley.
The boat was small enough that I took it everywhere. If I needed a trip to the beer store, I didn't walk, I took the boat to a dock near the beer store, same thing for groceries.
When my wife moved aboard with me, I upsized to a 35, which was plenty big enough for the two of us. Then my son was born and there were 3 of us. She was still plenty big enough.
The full time live aboard sailboats at my marina consisted of the following: An Alberg 30, my Fantasia 35, a hunter 38, a Saga 43 and a Gulfstar 43. All but the Alberg 30 were either couples or families with children.
I can't think of any reason you would want to go over 35'.
I agree with above, living at a slip is much easier and much safer than living at an anchor. Live aboard while working is different from cruising and comes with its own set of challenges.
Edit: with regards to your initial question about whether you should work with a buyers broker on a $30000 ish boat, I think that really depends on you.
If you are knowledgeable enough and are willing to put in the leg work yourself, you probably don't need one (I've never used one). Most people would recommend at least a survey, you'll probably need it for insurance purposes any way.
In terms of working with sellers brokers, for sure, I wouldn't rule out any boat, for sale by owner and for sale by broker are both good options IMO.
Last edited by Arcb; 10-26-2016 at 12:39 PM.