Posted in New Members forum, it was suggested I repost it here.
Hello all! Been lurking for several months, thought it was time to join. Been around power boats of different types most of my life, runabouts, pontoon, houseboats. Spent a little time on a Sunfish many years ago. Have been sailing on a couple of friends boats, 30 and 33 footers. Learned to swim in Lake Huron as a tot, not sure how old, but under five. Love the water and can't imagine not living near a lake or ocean. Not a sailor, but I hope to be.
I've been reading blogs, books and forums about sailing for about a year. Visited some marinas on Lake Michigan and talked to a number of boat owners. Will continue the research when my wife and I return to Florida in about two weeks.
Our intention is to learn to sail and hopefully in a couple years start cruising through the Bahamas and Caribbean.
We think a boat in the 32' range would be about right for us. One I've been impressed with is the Pearson 323. Any general opinions on that boat would be appreciated. I've read a number of reviews including those in the review section of this forum. Understand corrosion at the mast and step can be an issue, as well as with the chain plates. One boat we've been looking into has been repowered with a Yanmar 3GM30F engine. I know they are reliable and common, but any thoughts about that engine in the Pearson?
Not sure if we will sign up for the ASA sailing classes or recruit an unsuspecting captain to mentor us. Any thoughts on sailing schools in the Tampa Bay area would be appreciated, too.
That's a lot for the first post. Nice to meet you all.