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It is rarely the cost of the boat that gets expensive but the yearly upkeep. The words 'inexpensive' and 'cruiser' are rather strange bedfellows.
That said, I own an older Tartan 27' which might be ideal for coastal cruising in FL but finding one in working condition might be more difficult. Catahuntateau boats of 27' or so should also do the trick but a newer boat will be less 'inexpensive'. You can get a pretty decent platform in the older boats like some Pearsons, Cape Dorys and Tartans if you are willing to do some work on it. By working on it you also learn more about the boat.
The T 27' has a swing keel/center board which should make it ideal for getting into some of the skinny water places that other boats dare not go.
Good luck.
 
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