Get out there and start exploring safely. Iíve been fortunate to spend a few decades in the neighborhood in boats from 20 to 50 feet. They were all fun in different ways and we still very much treasure the memories from a 23í Penn Yan that took us everywhere for a number of years early on.
What are your parameters?
Your first boat likely wonít wind up being the perfect boat for you, so buy something you can get your money back out of. Turn key is usually the most economical over a project, but all boats require keeping up with projects.