Boats are like cars. You think you are going to buy with your head, then your heart chips in its twopenneth.
Living aboard requirements depends on the person living on onboard and any/ number of companions, and what toys you are prepared to sacrifice.
I personally could live for extended periods under canvas quite happily, however others would not be happy spending a night in anything less than a 5 star hotel.
I just need a shower block and toilet, others expect a sauna and manicurist on call.
I suspect that you have a similar background to me, are sick of stress and deadlines and feel like getting away from it all.
Sportscruisers are the business in looks, but living space is a problem in the sizes you are quoting, you will have a cabin or two, a small cubicle containing a sofa / table / galley/head/ storage cabinets and an aft cockpit in the open air.
Someone quoted a Broom aft cabin. Don't know much about these, but I know an esteemed forumite who lived aboard a Broom Ocean 42 quite happily and year round in the UK.
For me, wanting a fast/ racy looking but reasonably practical boat, I would go for flybridge. Reasonable cabin space, outside area for chilling and entertaining, plus a reasonable sized salon to act as a living room to sup beer and watch DVDs in comfort when its pissing down outside.
Then we get to the Trawler / Dutch barge that others have mentioned.
In my opinion, eminently suited for long periods in the water, loads of room, probably got washing machines on board and god knows what else. Pricey though for a tidy un and expect less than 10 knots or thereabouts top speed, but less dosh per mile.
Don't forget that sending a boat to the med via truck is often far cheaper than it costs to sail there, is more practical if you have a tall boat and also that Europe often requires the skipper to have qualifications such as the International Certificate of Competence and CEVNI.
Not that very much of the above comes from direct experience, only reading other forumites findings and doing pipe dream research.
I wish you well in chasing the dream.
Last edited by tinkicker0; 13-08-09 at 10:13.
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