My personal preference would be option #1. By learning on a small boat, <22ft, you will learn may boat handling skill that you can't learn on a bigger boat. Spend some of the extra money on a babysitter so you don't ahve the added stress of the kids on board right from the start. (I think sailing with your kids is great, but could be stressful on a small boat when just learning.) Then, find a local yacht club and see if any of the boats need crew. This would allow you some time on a bigger boat as well as an opportunity to learn from others. (like we do here when we aren't making fun of CD's boat!)
hunter Legend 37 Semper Paratus
Formerly - Tartan 34C Yawl
Last edited by T34C; 01-18-2007 at 03:52 PM.