Originally Posted by benjamen
I guess I was more worried about buying a boat that ending up not being even close to what I actually wanted and it costing me an arm and a leg.
So start cheap and start small. Almost no one--at least, no one without extensive experience sailing other people's boats--buys their ultimate, perfect boat the first time. The first boat is a learning experience. Get out, spend some time, figure out what you REALLY want and need (and what those words really mean), and then your second boat it much more likely to be what you "actually want."