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Once you know exactly where you stand financially, come back and you will get lots of advice as to a good boat that will fit your needs and budget.
There are others here on sailnet looking to do the same thing you are. Read their posts to see what steps they are following to fullfill their dream.
I've exchanged a number of emails with veprjack who is looking for a boat about in the same size and price range as you. Check out some of his postings. He may have already covered some ground that you haven't thought of.
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There is a huge difference between living aboard and camping aboard. I was an eagle scout, I still enjoy camping, occasionally, not 24/7. As you get your budget figured out, start making a list of your needs and wants. Also make a list of don't wants. Prioritize your lists then start looking. Don't want to discourage you, but it took me over 2 years to find the right boat. Having the lists and knowing what can be afforded, makes culling out the maybe's from the chaff pretty easy. If you don't have much time on the water hang out at the local yacht clubs looking for rides. Old Point Comfort YC has an active racing group, the Catalina 30 (really all Catalina) group in Norfolk is very active. Couple more busy marinas in Hampton. It really takes a while, sailing on different boats to figure out what is good for you. Another thought. When I lived aboard (extended out of town work), I probably went sailing about once a month. It was just too much work to make the boat sailable. Now that I'm back at home I'm sailing almost every weekend.
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Thank you for the advice Cptken. I will definitely check out those spots this weekend and see if I can get some hours in before I make the jump
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