I was you last year. I was 28 with minimal sailing experience prior to buying my Catalina 30. Former US Marine, so pretty confident in my ability to learn how to sail. Been taking it out 2-3 times a week for the past year in the gulf coast of Florida. Leaving for a 2-3 month cruise of the Bahamas come January. If you plan on buying a boat that you want to fix up, I'd make sure it's something you can still sail and fix up at the same time.