I understand the "Capable of going anywhere" thing - it doesn't mean you have to be going anywhere long distance / extended period (and will likely require some work to get her ship shape), but a useful Plan B (or C) to have in the tool kit.......if for no other reason than for making the day life more palatable.
I would be looking to buy in the location you will be working (on your budget
can't afford to buy and ship or hire a delivery
crew - even if she is seaworthy).........plus although internet
is very useful, best deals come from boots on the ground - wandering around boat yards, nosing at boats and chatting to folk (95% of advice will probably be worthless - you just don't which is the 5% - yet!).
Boat type? if you can live fairly small / without all mod cons (at least from the start) I would be looking at something in the 30 foot range (plus or minus depending on beam) from the 60's / early 70's (plenty to Google
on and the better ones will be known - back then they also made sh#t boats!, they weren't all "classics"
nor intended to last 40 years) - and be open on the maker / model..........nothing will be ideal in design or condition, just want to make sure you know
what you are getting into, before writing the cheque - not after (there will still be surprises
What you want is a deal
, and ideally that involving the boat being a) seaworthy
and b) in a condition where you are making enhancements out of choice.
The really good news is that you sound really handy with the spanners (b#stard
) - so someone's bad news with a knackered engine
could be your good luck, either from a rebuild
or a s/h replacement. An old boat with no (working) engine
is fairly unsaleable, and priced accordingly........depending on boat size / design you get could get away with an Outboard
on the back for docking
- whilst the rebuild
progress (cash is saved for).