Looking to buy a 30-37' boat before learning to sail would not be the recommended course of action by most folks who have made the journey to becoming competent sailors
Agreed, that's why I started on a 42
Get to the Detroit boat show this wekend and look around. If you miss it, there might be a spring show at Metro Beach, Last time I was there, I saw several sailing school booths. I'm pretty sure they were certified.