Help! Where to start???
Michael-DEFINATELY AN OUTBOARD! inboards are fine, but it is SO much easier to fix an outboard, or find out what''s wrong with it, or whatever. If it''s your first boat I''d go with used, but take an experienced sailor with you when you look at the used boat to buy it, because some rude people DO try to rip you off out there! Good luck & happy sailing!