I was in the same position as you a few years back.. minus the "skills as a bass fisherman have improved' part lol.. My advice is get something smaller, cheaper... get a good a deal as you can. Having your own bass boat will bring in new challenges and advantages and help you to understand better what you want and need for YOU... rather than dropping a huge sum of cash on something that you might not want in 6 months or a year... I spent $4000 on my bass boat like 5 years ago, and I still love it today. Looks like sh* t, but I can go where I want with it, fish in shallow water... and I don't stress if I bump something... and it catches fish. I od wish I had better electronics, but not about to put a $2 or $3,000 graph on this old boat lol..
Something to think about.