We are about to set off on our cruise in 42 days. Notice I am counting.
One thing to keep in mind in buying a boat, used or new, is the cost of getting it prepared for cruising. Even a boat that is in excellent condition will require quite a bit of updating.
2 1/2 years ago I bought a 1981 Mariner CC 39 sloop. It was in immaculate shape, the former and only owner having lived aboard it for 18 years. The surveyors said it was one of the best kept boats they had ever seen.
That being said I have spend about $19,000 to check and update wiring, plumbing, the rudder, etc. So make sure you consider this in your planning factors. Several books I have read have said use a rule of thumb of 1/3 to 1/2 of purchase cost will be required.
I didn''t believe this rule on my first boat, which was new, or this one, but in both cases that figure was about right, in actuality.
Its still worth it thought, just a little stressful as we get close to the goal.