My lovely wife and I have been sailboat shopping. Did tons of research. Read books, talked to salty folk, did on-line research.
Now we are finally actually checking out boats in person. Meeting some interesting people and seeing some interesting boats.
Saturday we are doing a whirlwind shopping trip through Maine. We are prepared to buy a boat and haul it away. I wired the truck for trailer lights, have a couple sizes of trailer balls, and it's ready towing. Going to the bank to take out a wad of cash. It's amazing how cash can sometimes seal the deal.
The most important thing we did was to hammer out what we want from a sailboat. The wife and I had some long talks about the type of sailing we'd like to do. We are going with a used boat. There are some great deals out there.
Having a lot of fun with this.