I think it's important to ask yourself if you are in love with having a project, or anxious to go boating. Some people seem to prefer the satisfaction of working on boats more than actually using them. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you want. I've know people that spend two years (or more) working on restoring a boat, only to sell it and start another project once it is complete. Buying a boat that is complete, even if it is a basket case will save you money. If you plan to keep the boat when you are done with it, then I would find the exact brand and model that you lust after the most. Have Fun and post pictures once you start your project!