This is my introductory post. I am completely new to sailing, my experience in sailing is limited to a sunfish one summer as a teenager. I am not new to boating however. My grandfather was a commercial clammer and I spent a lot of time on his boats as a kid. I have also owned a few outboards and did a stent in the Coast Guard in the late 90s. I love the water and I love boats, I have always had an interest in sailboats, just never got around to learning to sail.
So my long term plan is to own my own boat. (probably not this season) For now I plan to do a lot of reading here and learn as much as I can and also need to get out and maybe help crew a boat to get my feet wet. I need to investigate all the costs of keeping a boat, like slip fees, haul in and out, storage etc before buying my own.
Eventually I want a boat that is big enough to do some blue water sailing and I want to be able to fish from it as well. I have been looking around at boats in the 25-30' range and in the 3-7 K price range. I will probably start in the lower end for a few seasons and then upgrade. Any advice is appreciated and if anybody has a needs a crew member in the Bridgeport CT area I would love the opportunity... even if it requires some scraping and painting first.