Thanks for all you imput on this subject and your knowledge from experiance. We have been narrowing our focus on our needs and are learning very much about what we are planning. I have downsized to a suitcase, and a case of beer, in the last few years and have learned to go without. I am handy with woodwork, fiberglass, and engines so an older boat is good.
I like the idea of a sailing class and will check that out. Also thanks for the headsup on Texas marina's. Has anyone sailed to Alabama ports ? I have some friends at Dana Point, CA We stayed on their 22' Catalina now that was small !!!
Thanks, Best regards, Tom