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Now you are on the right track slayer... There are lots of things to consider in terms of buying a boat. You don't want to buy into one boat that you see and consider on a whim, and then realize that there was a different boat that you really would have preferred for your needs. It sounds like you like to race, so you might want to consider a more performance oriented boat than a racer/cruiser, but then again you might also like to do more cruising with your fiancée (depending on her sailing background) than racing on your own boat. Take your time looking, ask your racing friends who are owners what they think, build a short list of desirable boats and then do some walk throughs of the best examples you can find in your area. You can do lots of model research on yachtworld.com and if you have questions about sailing properties, construction, comparison, etc you can ask on sail net and usually get more than one opinion.
I was not trying to scare you away from buying a boat, just wanted to slow you down a bit and consider the long term cost side also.