Similar thing happened to me. Never been sailing, went once and was instantly hooked. Went home, sold everything, moved onto a boat and didn't come home for 2 years.
Unfortunately I can't give you a simple answer to which boat. That would be like trying to tell you which woman to marry. Got to find the right one for you, and at least for boats, your preference may change over time.
If there was one perfect boat then there would only be one model out there for everyone to buy.
At least to start, you have to lay out some basic parameters.
(maybe that should be 2 and 3 as well). Be sure to allow plenty for fixing, upgrading, repairing after you buy the boat. Then don't forget what it will cost to live onboard and cruise
4. Size. Bigger boats have less motion at sea some most people consider bigger more comfortable. Also more room for your stuff. But they cost more to buy, cost more to sail, cost more to dock
, cost more to fix. Also, after a certain point a bigger boat can be more difficult to handle. That limit is different for different people. Some think over 30' is too big, some think under 40' is too small. Costs money
out of the boat budget
but might help you in your process to charter
and live on a boat or several different boats for a week or so.
material: wood, glass, steel
All these points have been covered on the forum, some at great length. Have fun reading.