Welcome, Dugandbeka... you'll find lots of good advice here on both sail and power also a few naysayers who will try and puncture your dream balloon. Hang on to your dream and make a plan. I've heard there are a few good deals on fairly large power boats in the New Orleans
area, ex commercial
fishing/shrimpers, with lots of room but needing work. Some of them were hurricane
damaged but reclaimable with a lot of sweat equity. What you save on purchase price
, you can put into fixing the boat up. Do some searching on the web to find examples.
One of the previous posters suggested getting a skipper
to introduce you to cruising which I certainly agree would be a great idea.
You have your whole life ahead of you so dream big and go for it! Cheers, Phil