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Re: New Sailor to Buzzards Bay
Good luck, and welcome, C-sharp!
One thought is that 4 to 6 mature adults on that size sailboat might get awfully "cozy" unless you're very friendly. But then, how many people the boat show brochures say a boat sleeps may not be related to reality. I think of most 32' sailboats as having about equivalent room to a lot of 28-29' power boat cruisers. Now, if there are just two of you, and what you're looking for is a boat with a "brochure capacity" of 4 to 6, then that would likely be just fine.
The other investment that would likely save you money in the long run is to find a local instructor who has good recommendations to get you started on practicing docking and figuring out sail trim for whatever particular boat you get.
There are also some good threads on how to "self survey" or "pre-survey" a boat to narrow down to your final best choice before putting down a deposit and calling in a real surveyor, etc.