If you really want to liveaboard
and sail the East Coast as you say on that budget
, I'm not sure why you are looking at a cat. Is there a definite reason?
in that size/price range of cats you will have greatly decreased payload capacity, and low bridgedeck clearance, and much less displacement
which will equal very uncomfortable ride in any conditions. Remember, discomfort has to do with a lot more than heeling....
In addition, I just don't think it is possible to find anything but a major project
cat in that price range which equals doubling your price. Most very small cats have outboard
motors, which are not nearly as good for any rough water
, and typically have low charging
Remember, catamarans are all the craze right now, and just about every newbie on this forum asks how to find the perfect cat at bargain prices. That pretty much rules out your finding something way below market value because there are no buyers, unless you are looking at post charter
cats which probably are in higher demand (but also >>100K price)
It it were me, I'd look used monohull
in the mid 30 foot range. You will be able to store much more, and the ride and living aboard
will be much more comfortable.