Re: What do you wish you had known before buying your first boat?
Try to avoid the 'rose coloured glasses' syndrome and keep things real as you shop. Ideally you should have someone at least a bit knowledgeable along to put a less enthusiastic/more realistic spin on what you see.
I think many new buyers get caught up in the whole affair and end up spending more and getting less... I know we did.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)