Welcome aboard, and my suggestion to first boat owners is always....
--Buy your second boat first.
By that I mean don't just buy a boat that blows your hair back. Look at it with your friends and family on board. Visualize how it will work out when the boat is crowded with friends, coolers, snacks, etc.
Many people buy a boat that turns them on only to find out a year or so later that it doesn't suit their needs. So they start looking again, sell or trade the first boat and buy the boat they should have bought first.
That gets VERY expensive. So take your time, spend some time sitting on lots of boats at lots of boat shows. Walk a lot of docks on the weekends and talk to owners about what they like and don't like about their boat.
Then go find the boat that blows your hair back and buy that one.
Mike and Tina
1981 Boston Whaler 13'