I would really not make full keel a high requirement. If you're new to sailing you probably did a bunch of Googling and full keel came up as something that is a significant benefit, since t protects the prop and rudder
, but there are other factors, in particular the overall condition and maintenance
of the boat that are far more important. For example, a full keel boat is not such a great boat if the rudder
falls off or breaks off it's post.
While full keel boats, all other things like condition being equal, do provide that protection, they also come with some downsides, like maneuverability and pointing ability. Also, they tend to be slower, which when making passages can become a factor. The faster the boat, the better the chance of outrunning or avoiding bad weather
In short, a full keel is great in some respects but it's not the be all and end all of bluewater
I'll also say that being new to sailing, you're not really in a position to pick the best boat for you. You may very well learn that the boat that you bought is not what you had hoped, or thought you needed, and when you get to a point where you're confident about circumnavigating, look for another boat.
As a circumnavigator you have to be, in no particular order, a navigator, a sailor a weatherman, a mechanic
, a plumber, an electrician, an electronics
person, and a few more hats I can't think of right now. You're going to learn all that in years to come. I guarantee you that when you've absorbed all that knowledge you'll wish you'd bought a different boat.
a 30 year old boat for $30kk, you'll probably end up: rewiring it, putting in new chainplates and new standing rigging
, rebedding everything on the deck
, rebuilding the winches, putting in a new primary fuel filter
, redoing the plumbing
, new hatch seals
...the list goes on and on. You're going to know a lot more about boats when you've gone down that road.
I would buy a boat suitable for living aboard
, and traveling the coast and worry about what you're going to circumnavigate on somewhere down the road. That does not mean excluding
boats that you can circumnavigate on from your search, just that it's a very limiting requirement at this point in your journey.