Here is another two cents worth to Lysander. Probably more later.
Go to amazon and buy several of the books
previously mentioned in this thread, used.
Tartan 30, 33 or 34 (not the Tartan 10). Cal 28
, 2-29, 31 or 40. Catalina 30
, 32, 34 or 36, Catalinas are holding their value pretty good (quick exit stategy) if need be.
Nigel Calder, 'Diesel Enine Repair', and 'Electrical Systems'.
Consoidate now, get ready. If it does't fit in your vehicle, toss it.
Get your passports now, if you haven't already.
Get tunnel vison on your dream, and go after it.
The longer you wait, the more stumbling blocks and nay sayers you will have to endure.
Don't become parents for anther 5 years.
You are young, don't be afaid to spend 90% of your savings on the right larger boat. If you are going to have to learn to earn as you go, start off now, on a larger, more comfortable boat.
More to come, I must be off to work to add to my cruising kitty and boat fund.