Originally Posted by JazzmanSailor
I'd hate find myself discontented with my boat purchase after a single season, especially if I ended up taking a beating on the resale. I'll keep an open mind.
starting off with something smaller might be a good way to go just to have fun and get started. this will help for learning sail trim and getting a feel for the boat. once you get some experience, you can get a larger boat you'll be more serious about that you wouldn't worry about costs and just take care of the one you really like.