Best Hull type?
First of all, don''t pay any attention do "dman" he seems to be negative on any post. Look for a boat that is SEAWORTHY. There are many different designs and sizes. Of course, you will need to learn how to sail, learn about weather, learn how to read charts, learn how to navigate, and on and on it goes. But, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!
Here is a quote by Henry David Thoreau.
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams.
And endeavores to live a life which he has imagined.
He will meet with a success unexpected in common dreams."
My advice is to continue with your dream and ask questions, ask questions, ask questions and read, read, read. Also, don''t pay ANY ATTENTION to the NAYSAYERS like "dman". I would suggest, at the beginning, to read all you can find written by Lynn and Larry Pardey. One in particular comes to mind, Sailing in Seraphyn. But, I would read ALL of what they have written, wet your appetite, and then go from there. Above all, KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE AND IGNORE THE NAYSAYERS. GO FOR IT.