I owned a West Wight Potter and sailed her here in Alaska
I've also lived aboard for many years, the smallest being a J24.
I would not choose a Potter to live on.
Sailing? It's basically like sailing a dinghy
because it IS a dinghy
. Not fun or safe for long hauls.
Living? You will end up having to mooch off others for the basics. Not saying there is anything wrong with that. Just gets old for the moochees.
Do you anticipate having a girlfriend? :-)
(cause you asked) if you have 3k. Find a 20-25 foot something with a little head
and you'll be on your way. There are PLENTY out there that need a home with dreamer owners who have not touched them in years, perhaps decades.
If you want to sail the "Americas" may want to save that for your phase 2 boat
I'm all for doing what your doing. Just a thumbs down for the Potter unless.......by an old RV and tow the Potter from place to place :-)
One final thought. Since you are in college and appear entrepreneurial noodle up a way to create an income
stream the works without you being present. Read the 4 hour work
week by Tim Ferris.
So many focus on the expense side of the ledger (doing everything super cheap) as opposed to focusing on the income
side of the same ledger.
All the best!