Harry, what they are saying is true, they are putting it a little raw to ya. I started out years ago like you, and a bought a 1979 24 ft. San Juan in ft. myers beach, FL. I lived on it for almost 4 years, and rode out hurricane charley on it. I gave the boat away, and bought a 1966 columbia 28ft for $1.00, and gutted it, and put all new wood in her. Did the work myself with a friend, and it turned out to be a nice boat that cost around $3,500.00. I then got a 28ft grampian, and lived on it for awhile. Anyways I just bought a 35ft 1967 Alberg Ericson, for $9,400.00. which I know in the end will cost me around $30,000.00 when we are done with it. Sailboat stands for Break out another $1000.00. My suggestion to you is to go get a job, save up for a few years, and get somthing around 30ft if it's for yourself, or even a 28ft. the smaller the sailboat the less money to dock it, and to fix it. If you want to find some deals on sailboats get out of E-bay, and look on Goodoldboat.com. No Old sailboat is perfect, and the days of Anchoring for free in Florida, are gone forever, you have to hook up to a ball. Try Marathon Key, FL you can anchor their, and use the showers, and pump outs for $145.00 a month, or a get a ball for $245.00 a month. get a job in Miami, and rebuild your boat on your time off. If you need some help or suggestions e-mail me at Capt13@inbox.com
I will give you some advice or help you out if I can. P.S. To live comfortable on a Boat it needs, solar panels, a Wind Generator, A Honda 2000 Generator, AC, and heat. A battery Bank to handle it all, And that Alone Costs alot of Cash! Oh yeah, and don't forget the Dingy, and the motor enless you plan on swimming to shore.