Well first let me say that the info provided by the replies are great and i agree with most, its wonderful so many are willing to give there time to answer such inquires.
I have owned so many boats in my life and spend roughly 150 days at sea a year on all shapes and sizes.My current
love is a ocean 71 of 14 years and has performed expectently on two separate 10,000 miles plus cruises.i expect every year to spend roughly 23% of its value in maintance.
What i have found in my adventures is that most boats will take far more punishment that the skipper
and crew can.
When i go boat shopping
,I try to stay aboard a day or two and tear it apart.Does it satisfy me ? my Wife,the kids
friend,my bank.If it passes that! I then sick a couple of more friends on it to tear it apart, and a surveyor
who does not know the boat or owner.
Only then do i make a real offer.
1. What am i going to do with the boat.
2.Where am i going to use it
3.Will it accomadate the amount of crew i wish, and the family
4.Can i afford it,insurance ,maintance.
5.How much more do i invest in it, to do what i want it to do safely and logically.
6.resale value,whats that!
I believe its what you feel comfortable sailing.
How much experience do you have, be worried about the boats capabilility, but worry as much about the crews.
We have met people from all over the world in boats i would not sail more than two days at a time, in the furthest places from there home ports
you can think of.
The best part of sailing is you! your attitude and a little luck