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Karen,

Welcome to Sailnet!

Re: Seasickness -- Sailboats are generally speaking more forgiving on the stomach than powerboats. So there may be hope for you. Also, in addition to the lessening of symptoms that usually comes from acclimation, there are medicinal remedies as well. But everyone is different, so there's no predicting whether you or your family members will be afflicted at all or to what extent. You'll have to find out.

A much bigger concern in your case is that you are considering a huge lifestyle change without knowing much or anything about sailing. Sailing is a wonderful pursuit, but it is not one that provides instant gratification to novices. In other words, it's not entirely realistic to think that someone can just sell their house, go buy a boat, and sail away into the the yonder. That could be the recipe for a very unhappy outcome.

I would suggest that you take some baby steps first, to see whether this is for you. Some sailing lessons in daysailers on a local lake would be a good place to start. From there, you can work up to larger boats, and perhaps charter a cruising boat for a family vacation. That would give you a good taste of the lifestyle and what it entails, before jumping in with two feet. Maybe it will be everything you hoped and dreamed for -- here's hoping that's the case. But, if not, you might just avoid a costly mistake.

Best of luck!
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