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Your question raises more questions. What will you do with the offshore boat once you buy it? For how long? Are you taking off...or is this just the first step?
I''d strongly second Jeff''s main point about starting small if starting out in sailing bigger boats. And I''d definitely get a good broker working for you, "good" meaning that the broker works in your type/size/price range (many will work in higher brackets or in specialized types of boats) AND that is in a major sailing center AND comes highly recommended. (Shop around for recs and listen to those who have returned a second time to the same broker; also screen based on how long the broker''s been doing that job. E.g. Al Gundry at Interyacht in Annapolis is one I have recommended before, tho'' I don''t know if he works in that price range; he was very knowledgeable, well connected on the east coast brokerage circuit, told it like it was, and has been doing this job for 20+ years).
However, my one quibble with referring you straight to a broker is that, if new to sailing and-or boat owning, you really need more background than just listening to what a broker tells you. Look at your frequent flyer totals, think about long weekends, and consider doing some boat `looking´ trips coupled with some diligent reading (e.g. Bill Seifert''s Offshore Sailing and Nigel Calder''s The Cruising Handbook and good ''get started'' books, Bill''s more suitable if you''ve already got a few sea miles behind you. There are lots of other references you could also start with; the point is to get started building your knowledge base!
Good luck on an exciting adventure!
WHOOSH, lying Helsingborg, Sweden but not that long ago shopping in Annapolis