Buying a 1st boat
Your responce is exactly how I feel. I took my basic keel course passed with flying colors but only sailed about 2 times I tried to crew for races , but all you get good at is cranking a winch, and I would like to leisure cruise at the moment... but because I did not have boat or knew someone who did my sailing was non existent. . I''m how ever giving up my other pride and joy ( a 98'' Harley Davidson) and will take the plunge. After carefull reasearch I have come to the conclusion that a used boat, for the first boat is the best way to start. With any luck the Pearson 31 I''m looking at will mine to get experiance on.
I''m hoping to do just as you did , learn by doing ,and in a few years I will buy that 46 footerof my dreams and cruise the coastline and islands.