Hey speedo. Thanks for your effort. I have my eyes on all sorts of options at the moment - a terrible mix of different ideas - fiberglass
to metal; racers to old heavy displacements; from 27 to 45 feet. Seems like a large spread, but there are specific models that I think are salient in each, and I've learned from these side tracks and questions via this thread. Just no decision on which one is right - there are so many. I hate the idea of being stuck with only one boat!
To keep from going crazy, I'm working on just actively pursuing skill sets that I can get my hands around until my fund are more exact - such as finally getting a HAM license
, becoming more proficient at downloading and reading weather charts
; understanding the radio
frequency range worldwide; understanding associated electronic products; getting an understanding to software charts
etc such as OpenCMS; learning
welding; experimenting with fiberglass
repair. Decided I should also focus on saving and itemizing exactly a cruising budget
; then worry about boat budgets and specific boats since I cannot make up my mind!