I have to agree with Mr Blais. Some of the other replies are not being all that helpful, but the way the question was asked did open the door to a bit of sarcasm.
To get a meaninful answer a lot more information is required. First, define your version of cruising. To some this means day sails
and weekends around the local bay. To others this means the trade
across the Pacific. Obviously very different boats required depending on which you plan.
If local crusing then the area needs to be defined. The FL Keys would suggest shoal draft
, San Francisco
Bay could handle a deeper keel
You should also make a realistic evaluation of your skills in terms of repair and maintenance
of an older boat. Can you be a mechanic
, electrician, rigger, plumber, sailmaker
, and more? If not, focus on a smaller boat in better condition.
So, send more info and get more answers.