(such that it is) is to find the vessel through looking at MANY, and probably sailing on a few that others own first until you learn a few things, then get a beater that is in good structural shape even if it looks like hell. Use that one a while and learn, then after you know what you do and don't like, do and don't need, and ONLY then, start looking for your first THE boat. Make sure that first beater is in good shape and seaworthy
enough to be safe, but maybe it does not have to have all the bells and whistles just yet. Save those improvements for THE boat. You can likely find the first boat for little to nothing in cost, add an outboard
on it if needed, and have some fun. Then see what the wind
brings your way.
Be careful about "getting out there" though because the ocean is a wicked witch when she wants to be, and it is danged easy to lose track of land when the swells start... VHF
is MANDATORY.... (plus life vests, flares, extinguisher, etc...). All the safety
stuff MUST be there before you leave port... Oh, and USE that safety
stuff (like the life vests).
But that is me...