Thanks for the additional tips,
JimsCAL, this is something I was worrying about a bit myself. I certainly don't plan on jumping into the Caribbean right away, but it is something that we'd really like to do.
There seems to be a divergence of opinion as to how much boat is enough for open water sailing. With most people agreeing that the ability of the sailor is the key factor. That being said, we're basically novices...
I have to say, the idea of buying a boat and then putting work in to it just to swap it out in 2 years for something bigger seems like it might not be ideal. I think we would be more inclined to hold off buying anything until we can afford the right boat. It would be cheaper in the long run and then we'd have more time learning the boat.
Food for thought in any case.
Thanks for your feedback! This sure is a helpful forum.