I owned and loved an FRP folkboat
built by Whitby Boatworks in Canada
(also builders of the Alberg 30
, 37 and Whitby 42). It was called the Continental 25 and was 25'3" in length, 7'3" beam and had a coachouse raised aft a la the Alberg 30
Triton, etc., etc.). I believe they were built from 1960 to 1969, the year mine was built.
Some have already mentioned the Contessa 26, another FRP Folkboat
which did not have the raised house but was otherwise almost identical dimensionally and in terms of performance. Tania Aebi ,of course, circumnavigated in one. I must say, my Folkboat was the best balanced boat I have ever sailed - she would beat or close reach on her own better than any helmsperson could ever steer (up in the puffs, back to course in lulls). She had a wonderful motion in heavy seas and and was pretty to boot.
As a liveaboard
, you will find it cramped. Mind you in my boat, I was able to lower the cabin sole
about 6 inches into the top of the keel
cavity and had about 5'11" headroom
under the companionway
(yes, when closed) at the galley
. To me the price
quoted seems rather high, but of course it depends upon vintage, condition, inventory etc.
Anyway, good luck in your quest. You may find her hard to live aboard, but if she is constructed like mine was, she can take you anywhere.
PS I don't believe the Contessa 26 had higher freeboard than the original designs (and I have rafted off a Swedish built lapstrake folkboat and a Contessa 26, for what it is worth).