Re: Starting From Scratch...
Thank you for those replies.
And please forgive me for knowing too little to even pose a proper question...
My own experience level is somewhere between nil and novice. I have a basic knowledge of seamanship.
My main reason for finding and joining this site is to learn, which I really do best by observation, and by interaction with those who possess expertise. I am in the right place for that, I think.
I just want to be as prepared as possible.
I would like to live aboard her full time. Probably out of the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. I do have one eye on the Keys, also.
I would like to be able to sail some distances, though, and to cruise for as long as a week. And I definitely must be able to single-hand her.
My budget for this is yet indefinite, but it certainly won't be unlimited. Nothing too extravagant. I'll likely be looking for a good bargain.
Chrisncate: I'm sorry, but I do not understand. Why would you say that the question of ketch or not is not an issue at 30'?
Again, thanks, good people.