As an owner of a single engine
cat, I would also agree that two engines are somewhat better than one. But, in your price
range I wouldn't let that be a major deciding factor. There just aren't many options for twin engines at that price
. I would let seaworthiness of the design and equipment
and the condition of the boat dictate my choice rather that the number of engines. After all, having two problem engines is worse than one good one.
If looking at endeavour
or island packet
cats, just realize that they are more like power boats that have a mast
on them rather than sailing vessels.
If you are limiting yourself to coastal work and the Bahamas
, then a Gemini
may be a good option. In your price range you could find a later model that is in good shape. They are built a little light, but with proper care they seem to do well enough.