Tracove -- i can only tell you what worked for me. I went to a lot of boat shows and talked to a lot of brokers. Met one that seemed interested in what i wanted to do and seemed to have a lot of knowledge. After the annapolis boat show
went to his yard in CT and he had some time to just talk. I had never owned a boat before or even knew what made a boat up except for a lot of book reading. He took time to teach me what makes a boat good or bad as showed me as we took apart 5 different makes of boats from expensive to cheap
. He took time to learn me and found that i use to be a high altitude mountain climber and was something of a risk taker. He was also a cruiser in his younger days and knew what worked and what did not. but before he was a salesman he was a teacher and was very good.
As an example, i took my son who was in the USMC and worked on high tech stuff to the annapolis boat show
and we were going through a boat and i was showing him what was good and what was bad about the boat - as we left the broker asked that we stay that he learned more from us about the boat than he had ever known. how sad.
it looks like you are in Utah so ct is a bit away - but his name is ted novakowski owner of sound yachts.
as a summary find someone who is a sailor and has been cruising
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