The problem with this approach is a boat may be cheaper in Mexico, but parts
for them are NOT. Labor costs are very low, but YOUR labor is free, so that doesn't help much.
, etc, is pretty much all imported, they charge duties on them as well.
is a good place to find a boat if you intend to buy older and cheaper and then refurbish it in Florida.
I think the sfbay is a good source also, because rents are so high people practically give them away rather than pay $500/mo to keep them once they need work
and are unwanted, for example, this 33ft boat for $1200
But now you must move the boat somewhere else that isn't $500/mo. Fortunately, nearby is the sac delta
, which is such a place. I pay $50 month in the yard.
I still think you are well advised to buy a trailered sailboat to get started,
they are much easier to sell when the time comes to upgrade, and because you can easily move them those $500/mo slips won't be needed.
And because they are much simpler, easier to fix and learn on.
MacGregors are common, here is an older 25ft one $2000,