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Novice Sailors buying boat
A frank answer :
YES, you would be crazy to buy a 36 foot boat as novices.
aide from the comments as to the practicality of learing to sail and boat- handle in that size boat, as novices you should go into such a purchase ready and willing to lose your shirts financially. Unless you pay a premium price for the unusally well maintained and updated boat, the purchase price of a boat that age is more like a down payment, just the begginng of the ownership cost. Figure 2-3 times the purchase price for probable repairs and/or upgrades. If you were an expereinced and knowedledgeable buyer, then you are at least somewhat armed for dealing the seller who has perfect knowledge about the boat and its needs.
Even reasonably supported by the not common expert surveyor, you are lambs going to a slaughter... financially speaking..
Good luck, as you''d need a lot of it...