Howdy, I just joined YF. My beautiful bride and I are early in the shopping for a live aboard sailboat. Our question is "How long is a string", er, I mean, What can be assumed to be annual expenditure of upkeep? Particulars: Cash on hand (for cash purchase of vessel): $475. Annual income will continue to be guaranteed minimum $50K. Full time liveaboard for two. Coastal cruising (USA west coast) 10% of time. Offshore passages Polynesia (approximate area of Hawaii-Marquesas-Vanuatu) Preferences: Sailing catamaran 'Topsides' galley Stand-up shower Clean aft deck-clear of cockpit awning, 4'x10' area is sufficient. NOT for dinghy or deck storage. 45-50 LWL Ease of handling-solo. She would be great first mate but I'd rather not have to rely on her for a given task. Comments I am expert sailor with almost 40 yrs at the helm. 30K blue water miles, extensive coastal cruising. Her boating skills are basic with basic keelboat sailing classes. We are not ready to buy due to on-shore commitments but anticipate to pull the trigger in 8-12 months. Of that cash on hand: our preference is to purchase a 2-3 yr old used cat then outfit for passage. Looking around $250-300K initial purchase. I anticipate we'll spend the majority of our time on the hook or a mooring. Please to meet y'all.