Leaving the Trees For the Water

I'm 59.5 and have never sailed.  I take my first lessons on White Bear Lake, MN in July 2007.  I plan to sail around the world when I'm 63.  Right now I'm reading the book by Hal Roth.  Can I get a better deal on a 40 foot boat on the east coast or the west coast?  Any ideas are greatly appreciated. 
wildrider99 wildrider99
56-60, M
May 4, 2007