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Well, I think most folks are going to need to know more about what your needs are. There are a lot of sailboats out there and a lot of ways to use them! Saying you're a beginner who will sail on the GofM doesn't quite do it. I can say that sailing across the GofM to Yucatan normally suggests more than a coastal cruiser. Your short-term goal of learning to sail and long-term goal of crossing bodies of water might require different boats.
While local, will you have a slip, or will you need a trailerable boat? Do you know where you want to keep the boat, where you will work on it? The more you tell people about your plans, the more likely that they will weigh in with suggestions. And like I said, there is a lot of information out there in the meantime.
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Northern Chesapeake Bay
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