My girlfriend and I are planning a coastal cruising trip from Seattle to Santiago, Chile. We both have considerable sailing experience, and feel comfortable on open water, but we have no experience as yacht owners. We are currently in the market for the vessel for this venture, but our budget is admittedly low for this kind of undertaking. We are hoping to spend less than $10,000 for the boat and the necessary renovations. What are the kinds of things we should take into consideration when shopping for boats? A lot of the boats we've seen have mostly been used on freshwater; should we be cautious about boats with no blue water miles? Are there certain brands that are better for our type of trip? How do we ensure that we have the proper type of anchor? Thanks for your input!