Re: Champagne taste on a beer budget
I agree with getting out on the water. In my experience (and observation) it is rare for someone to wait for years for that "perfect" first boat and find that indeed it really is the perfect boat after a year or two of sailing. While all your choices sound nice, only a year or two of sailing and working on your boat will give you a good perspective of what you may really need/want int he future.
Find a good boat that you can learn from and appreciate, and upgrade later once you have the comfort level and experience to have a better idea of what you want at that time. Good luck.
Saginaw Bay, Michigan
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward