I know its a broad question but any rec's at the make/model of sailboat you would think I should be considering. Much appreciated
You are exactly like nearly everyone else starting out including the budget
. You'll probably see people that look like you do too. Forget make and model and open the list up as wide as possible. People tend to like the boats they have - you will too. Try to avoid preconceptions. Start making lists of boats you can actually go see in person. Don't be distracted about some boat somebody said was the one to get. Bring the Admiral always - she knows an ugly boat when she sees one.
Walking some miles of dock
and looking at and inside some boats really for sale
that you could actually make an offer on is what separates the cool ideas from owning a boat you are happy with. You eventually know which boats are really for sale
and you can compare the details of what you like and don't like. You need to do this homework and walk some docks. Add lunch in the nicer marinas
where you can't afford any of the boats (the food
Keep written notes in a notebook of what you do and don't like - very important! Log each boat with as many details as possible. Look around CF to see about the details of boats once you see things that generate real questions. You don't need a lists of possible boats to go find. You need to find boats for sale
now near you. It is more about you than it is about the boat.
1. Never buy the ugliest boat in any marina.
2. They cost more to fix up than you ever dreamed.
3. They cost more to maintain than I ever dreamed.
4. The Admiral knows a really poor boat when she sees it and the guy that suggested it.
5. No boat you saw on the Internet
looks like it does when you really get on it.
You can learn to look at boats and it is a good education toward your goal and should be made into a fun adventure all its own. If you can 't have fun doing this part you'll never have any fun later. Take the class as they can be even more fun than looking at boats. If you make this all fun now you don't have to be in a hurry and that is the only real lesson you need to remember once you own a boat.