Hi Jim and Judy,
Welcome to the Forum and the PNW. Formally we lived in the Vancouver Lower Mainland (born and raised in Vancouver) and moored our first boat (a sailboat) at Point Roberts Wa. You should enjoy Semiahmoo and area!
Knowing what you don't want is a great start to finding the "right boat" for you. As I am sure you know (based on your background) figure out how you want to use the boat, then "must haves" and "nice to have" features. Combined with your absolutely "don't wants" and budget will greatly narrow your search.
Find yourself a "good buyer's broker" as well as keep searching yourself. Bring your "finds" to the broker's attention for contacting the listing broker. Private sales, up to you (whether broker or not).
Good luck on your search, and remember when it comes to compromising, the Admiral is right