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You have time to figure out what you want a boat to do for you, and whete you want to use it. This can help determine what kind of boat you may need.
You could plan a week vacation on a boat, maybe in Florida during winter or spring , with a training captain, to learn how to use a boat of size, and what it takes to maintain it during use.
Don't get too focussed on a particular boat too soon. Find out what your needs are first.
Good luck with your search.
Cheoy Lee 40 LRC