Nice, sounds like an awesome plan!
Seen anything you like?
Hooky if you are still on the hunt there is a pretty decent looking Birdsall that popped up today.
Pretty limited description and shit photos but looks like it has been well looked after. Has proven itself offshore. NZ$85k. Triple skin glassed over Kauri.
Only issues are the lifting keel (but if you are planning to cruise the tropics it's pretty ideal) and the fact it's almost 50 years old but this hull construction has held up really well if looked after.
Would certainly think it's worth a look. Apparently sold earlier in the year but the buyer wasn't good for the money.