In your research try and figure out what you want to being doing the next three years. Do you want to marina hop, convenient with lots of socializing, or spend time at anchor. Are you interested in the great loop around the eastern US, or just the east coast. Does Mexico or the Caribbean beyond the Bahamas interest you.
These are different styles of cruising and to some extent call for different boats.
See what attracts you and then read up on that style.