28 footer for $1750
Don't know if it is still available but similar abandoned boats are fairly common in marinas and boatyards.
Good thread on a cheap repairs here
As for learning to sail, well it really is not rocket science a day or two out with someone who knows which bit of string to pull and when will get you going. Ask around and you might find somene who will do it for a 6 pack or two. Going offshore is another matter though.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.
T. E. Lawrence
I guess you might be a "dreamer of the day"