Yesterday we saw a 30 foot Island Bahama and 36 foot Catalina.  We figured out that we should probably stay around 30 feet for this first boat.  It would be cheaper and easier to learn on.  Both boats were very clean and appeared well maintained.  Since then we have been surfing the internet looking for comparable boats to the 30 foot one and we have come to the conclusion that at 18.5K it is overpriced for the current market.  We have 3 comparable boats to look at this coming weekend in the bay area.  If anything, viewing those boats will give us the knowledge to better negotiate the price of the 30 foot one.  We did confirm that the marina we want has slips available.  So it was a productive weekend!