Hi all, I just signed up hoping to get some insight on boating. I'm in the middle of considering buying a boat for living aboard. I did some research online and my options have come down to 30 -40 ft boats: (1) motor yacht (flybridge style) (2) monohull pilothouse sloop sail boat I would prefer a power boat for its roomy inside and inboard facility. Though I heard the maintenance cost to run a power boat is much higher than a sail boat, I estimate the repair cost should be limited because I would be a low frequent boater. unless I plan frequent long distance cruise (riding from New York to Bermuda, for example), I cannot find a reason to purchase a sail boat. I don't know how to inspect the boat specifications? Living aboard obviously really require much power. but lower engine hours should be better? diesel is preferable to gas/petrol, correct? and there are more equipments: generator, invertor, etc. How to compare these between different boats? I live in NYC (Queens). the state charges 8.25% sales/use tax on boat purchases but do not charge personal property tax on boats. NJ state tax on boat purchase is only 3.5% but seems to charge personal property tax? I only found some marinas in NJ that allow living aboard that are close to work. is it true that NJ boaters pay annual property tax on their boats? if not I might register the boat in NJ for its lower boating tax.