If you have not already; you should also consider joining a sailing school/club. Get your certification and do some sailing on charter boats to help you decide what size of boat you like and what would feel comfortable sailing on the bay and beyond. Tradewinds has some older ~30' Ericsons they use as training boats. OCSC uses J-boats and is more performance oriented. If you want to get a taste of what sailing in a small boat out in the heaviest wind I'd go on an intro sail with OCSC or Cal Sailing Club (but I don't know if CSC goes out into the central bay)
Last edited by KeelHaulin; 04-05-2011 at 02:10 PM.