Scgilligan, I think you answered your question in your op. Just find something that's turn key and ready to sail, you don't want to have to put any money into a boat in that range to get it sailing.
As stuff breaks, you can decide whether to jury rig or upgrade the part, depending on your circumstances.
One thing to consider, is if you know you're not going to need certain systems, then you can take a pass and pay less money.
My first cruiser was 30', paid $7500 cdn. The atomic 4 ran great (for a 40 year old gas engine
any way), the sails all worked, the blackwater system worked well. She had a good powerful electric
furnace (I was living aboard
in northern climates).
She didn't have running water, cooking appliances
or any electronics
, and nor did she have any of those things when I sold her for nearly what I paid for her 3 years later.
The next owner has now lived on her for another 3 years and she still doesn't have any of those systems.
will completely destroy your budget
, so think carefully before buying
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