Hi, I'm in the same boat, a theoretical one! But -
To learn we (the good lady herself) and I are doing a Cat Familiarisation two dayer with a Portsmouth UK company. If that's OK I can start checking out the price
od the Mahe 36
with the Mods I want for live aboard for as long as this 63yrs body can, 63 and still dreaming of boats.
For a competent DIY'er without hindrances there are some great boats out there. Prouts are indistructable and available from 50k dollars. Allow 25k to put into shape and 5k a year to keep her sweet. Sounds expensive? Try an add in the local paper
'Wanted - Good Woman - with boat. Please send picture of boat.'
You might get lucky.
Plan 'B' - See the crew wanted
sites and get paid to learn and have a great life too. My nephew did the Med for three years and only got off because they were going transatlantic with a skipper
that used the bottle too much.
Try it for a year then you can always go back to work.
Or wait till you're my aga and wish you'd done it years ago.
Best wishes Trev