Boat recommendations for a Newbe
I sailed dinghies, Hobie Cats, Lasers, then sailed on friend's 23-footers & 30-footers. My first "big boat" was a Catalina 34 (which I lived aboard). And it turned out to be a great boat for my purposes.
It would be great if you could sail on a few different boats to see the pros and cons of different designs. There are always trade offs! But until you can get a feel for those, it's hard to say what you'd like.
Is there a sailing club in your area? That might be the best way to get some experience with different designs before you spend big money on a boat.
My two cents.