Welcome aboard, grasshopper. So much for you to learn, and so little time. I have a plan "C" for you: buy a boat here to learn on, then buy a boat in St. Thomas to live on. SailingDog has written a great post (listed as a sticky in the Buying a Boat forum) that will help you out, on the ins and outs of buying a boat. In the meantime, while you read that, tell us more about where you currently reside, and where you plan to learn how to sail. That will give us some of the important info we need to be able to tell you how to spend your $5k. While some of the more learned members here find a way to spend your hard earned money, take the time to use the search, luke, and answers to questions you seek you will find, yes.
Last edited by bljones; 03-21-2009 at 04:26 PM.