Congrats on getting into a position to do what you want at such an early age. That is awesome.
I just purchased a Morgan
382 recently. You will find lots of boats in your price
range. I created a detailed spreadsheet with features and equipment
down the left side and put each boat I was considering in columns. This allowed me to compare features and equipment
and derive at a "real" purchase
price. For example, if you are cruising, you will need a dingy, probably want a SSB
, possibly a life raft, nice compliment of sails
, etc. Some boats are nicely equipped and some are not as they were outfitted as coastal cruisers. When you have to add wind
generators, solar panels
, etc. what once looked like a bargain may not be so. The spreadsheet allowed me to make a side by side comparison and I ended up with a boat I'm happy with.
Keep us posted with your progress and best of luck. Exciting times!