Thank you once again, everyone, for your wonderful comments, thoughts, and advice. It has all been very much appreciated, and so helpful.
I am happy to report that we are currently in negotiations for a sailboat of our own. I'll report back with more specifics when/if the transaction is complete.
We're very excited, and know that over time, the more often we can go out the easier and better it will become. We are determined to take it slow and not bite off more than we can chew. My husband is especially sensitive to my feelings and I'm sure will do his best to make sure every outing is as pleasant and safe as it can be.
Very much looking forward to this new adventure in our lives!
Thanks again everyone....