Originally Posted by Networker
Can't sail, but figured I could learn this summer. I was going to take ASA 101-104 lessons this summer, then get a boat this fall.
This is a good approach. Right now it's all theoretical and pictures in brochures. By the time you finish the 104 course you'll have time sailing boats in the 30-40 foot range and a better idea of what it means to handle a boat that size.
A good stop in the fall is the Annapolis or Miami boat shows. You'll get a chance to step aboard new boats from a lot of different manufacturers. If you're buying new there are also some very good deals to be had at the shows on both boats and all the gear you'll need to equip yours.
Best of luck, you'll enjoy the ASA courses.