When I was about 7 I used to "help" my neighbor. He lived in a big house and rented rooms. He had an old skiff that I helped him paint. Accross from it in the barn was this upside down hull. He didn't know what it was but said one of his tenants owned it and was working on it. It was smooth and looked like a rocket.
I kept lookout and spotted him going into the garage. I introduced myself and he explained that the 20' wooden bullett was a sailboat called a Highlander. I helped him work on it and was there when he took it away to launch. Turns out he was the National Champion in the class. The boat was a sheer terror and way too wild for my light weight. But I got the salt splash in my face and that was the beginning. Best part: Fast forward 15 years, I ran into him by acident. He was now sailing Rhodes 18's. I spent 2 seasons crewing for him. He went on to win the nationals. Some things are just special.
I doubt there is a "best". It all has to do with intended use. A YF is not a family cruiser. A Midnight Express is not a down & dirty fish boat. I have a Triton 2895. It isn't the best; it is far from the worst. It does a lot of things well and other boats do some things better or worse.
You need to figure out what you are realisticly going to do with the boat and go from there. Miami is a blast as there are innumerable hulls to ride. Every boat has it's own personality and it's pro's and con's. That is what makes the search so much fun.
I see this everywhere. No one does a real face to face anymore. We were in a restaurant and 8 20 somethings were a few tables away. No one was talking to one another-they were all texting. Why bother to get together?
Anyway, today is a serious blow to the boating industry. Extreme amounts of wealth were eradicated this week (it's only Monday!!). Even if one were 100% cash the general malaise and fear of impending doom will put the buyer's hands back in their pockets.
Tough business You probably can't get with a major as you have no experience. You probably can't go with a minor as you cost too much.
Think add-ons like electronics or fuel additives. Think large repair yards/dealers. Call the Galati family and ask their advice. See if you can talk to anyone at Derecktor.
Think boating clubs. They are hot and growing. There is going to be a huge roll up in this sector and you might be able to catch a wave. Think multi location operators like Brewer's and Galati.
Work on a captain's license so you have some "cred".
It will take a while but this is a networked industry and you need to start connecting. You could become a territory manager for a smaller boat manufacturer. Strictly commission and you will never see home but for Christmas.
Whatever you do I wish you good fortune. Change ain't easy.