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Hi, I am both new to the forum and new to sailing. I will apologize for my ignorance in advance. I will be sailing single-handed with the exception of inviting more experienced sailors along from time to time. My short term goals are (1-2 year) Purchase a used boat, with minimal repairs needed. (thinking 20-27 ft) Learn sailing basics both firsthand and from my marina neighbors. Sail local waterways daily/weekly with some overnights, weekend stuff graduating to longer stays. Long term goals are (3-5 year) Longer trips, inter-coastal, Atlantic, NC to FL type stuff. (Caribbean may take a few more years...we will see) self maintenance of most items. Replacing first vessel with live-aboard (thinking 27-37 ft) increasing single trip duration. What I need to learn from the forum is the ability to identify good deals and signs of major issues (there are 4-5 for sale in my marina alone), as well as recommendations for a first boat and how to proceed. Any insights to next steps would be appreciated. I am in the infancy of the sailing world, but I find realistic and "don't do this because" advise (like to hope to receive here) to be more beneficial than magazines and commercial sites.