Welcome aboard CF.
It sounds as if you're more interested in power than sail. It's not quite like driving a car around, there are new-to-you "rules of the road", called Colregs to learn. Hiring people to work on your boat
is just as much of a pig in a poke as with cars, but perhaps a higher level of unreliability. When you are on the water
, it will take help longer to arrive than it usually does on land, and water
is basically a bit hostile to humans from the perspectives of hypothermia and drowning.
Generally, people hire the appropriate kind of surveyor
, to assure that the major systems on your new boat
are functional. There is a thread here on CF called "Surveying 101" that will give you a hint of what's required. Never simply assume a boat you're looking at is safe for you and your good lady--have it checked out. Your first boat will teach you what you want in the next boat, and so on, so don't spend all the $$ on the first one, and therefore, I suggest you start with the simplest, smallest one you two find that you both think you might be able to be happy on. Large, complicated boats have lots more to go wrong, and you'll spend more time waiting on marine service
PS. Specific questions, posted in the appropriate motor
boat forum, will get detailed, mainly friendly feeling answers.
A clue to evaluating posts is to click on the avatar (the "internet name") of the poster to see what their experience is, relative to the questions you want answered.
One thing that helped me was to use the "Google Special Search" function which is under the "Search" button at the top of the pages.