Welcome to the fray.
Ask good questions, and you find that there are a lot of people willing to help you out. There is a lot of knowledge here, and a lot of other stuff too. Soon you will learn which is which.
RE: the boat purchase; I suggest that you buy something in good condition, "ready to sail," as you want to experience sailing, and not refitting a boat.
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105 Certified Instructor - Also certified in Recreational Marine Electrical Systems