First Welcome to Cruiser`s Forum. As you have seen from your question, you will get what you asked for and not ask for. There are a lot of people here with great information.
I would start out by looking at Yacht World .com. You will find every boat imaginable on this sight and help you narrow things down. Secondly go to all the boat show
you can. Seeing it on line is one thing but seeing it in person is totally something else.
Judging from your wish list and the place you want to go, you may want to think about a Trawler
or a sailboat. Remember wind
is free. Each have there pros and cons. Another good idea is to have you family
write down what they want in a boat. Then narrow down being realistic. Then go look at what`s for sale
You mention 50 to 60ft boat. Just know that slips are harder to find and more expensive with larger boats in general. Rates run $10 - $15 per foot. I`m a believer of buying
the biggest boat you can afford. With that being you must not just think about the initial purchase
of the boat but all the fees
cost that goes with it. There are volumes of books
written on this subject alone.
There are those that will argue this, but the perfect size cruising boat is between 40 and 50 Ft depending on family
size. Stay as close to the lower end if you can. Another consideration is hull
material. Do you do diligence in educating yourself. Knowledge is power. If the deal is to good to be true, It is. There is something that is being hidden.
VERY IMPORTANT - Never use a Broker`s surveyor
. You will hear "Oh I have used him or her for years, They`re great" Red Flag!!!! Find you own independent Surveyor
that has a reputation of being very thorough. Also make sure you get an Engine
Surveyor and rigging
surveyor if it`s a sailboat. Hope this helps.
Again welcome and best of luck in your search.