Thanks everyone. A little more detail...our budget (projected out 5-6 years, which is our target timeframe for buying) will keep us firmly in the Albin/Marine Trader/CHB market, in order to have enough left to repair/refit and cruise for a year on my retirement income alone. I have read a ton about the issues that are common across these "Taiwan Trawlers," and am fairly confident that I know what to look for as far as problem areas. We both really like the looks of the TTs, so it's a win-win for us.
Another option would be a Mainship 34...we like the "open" floor plan of the salon and the ability to arrange furniture to our liking rather than having it built in. I have found several of these that are around the same price point as the TTs.
I have pretty much decided that single engine is the way to go...while the redundancy of two engines is reassuring, I feel that our cruising grounds will be almost completely within towing coverage, and we will have a dinghy powerful enough to tow the trawler if necessary. I like the efficiency of a single diesel, combined with the halving of the maintenance costs.
Regardless, there will undoubtedly be some repair/refit required on whatever boat we end up with. I have already delved into the specific forums for the boats I mentioned, and am learning even more just by reading. When I come up with specific questions, I will be sure to ask!
Thanks again, this is a great resource!