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Welcome! Thank you for your service in the USCG. I was a civilian employee for a while at the EECEN in Wildwood Crest. Y'all are the unsung heroes of our armed forces.
I agree with Donna and Alex. Try buying an inexpensive, used, "disposable" boat like a Catalina 25/27/30 (depending on your budget) and give sailing a try. That will also allow you to get a feel for what the ownership costs are like, how much time the care and feeding of a private boat requires, etc. As Donna rightly pointed out, be ready for your plans, and your wants/needs to change once you've gotten your feet wet.
The 40'+ boats are beautiful and will give you lots of room, but as Alex pointed out, the maintenance and marina costs of such boats can be a killer. From what I've read (I'm very new), the "sweet spot" for circumnavigation boats/blue water boats seems to be in the upper 30's to very low 40's. That gives you enough room to stretch out, enough carrying capacity, and enough storage to live comfortably. As you go bigger, the size of the sails necessarily increases, and with it comes the need for more strength, unless you're going to add mechanical or electrical systems that assist you (but also add more point sources for possible failure). Something in the upper 30's should still be "do-able" as a single handed boat if you are able-bodied, but BOY can it get tough some times.
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