New to Sailing, please Help =)
I second the thought of some training through the Canadian version of the Power Squadron or similar entity. I''ve been on these waters all my life and have seen some pretty rugged conditions. The thought of coastal sailing as a novice takes my breath away.
Another great thought would be a charter before you buy. It can tell you tons about what you want and don''t want in your own boat.
Feel free to drop me a note. For several years I taught a USCGA class in Sailing and Seamanship and have spent 40 plus years gunkholing about these parts.