A friend of mine mentioned that there was as 21 foot sail boat for sale, just up the street. 21 feet! That was enormous! Imagine owning a 21 foot boat! My, my!
So, a few years later I actually DID get into sailing and bought a 25 footer. It's amazing how small 25 feet is. Aim for 30. You can pick up a decent condition Catalina 30 for about 15K. Good boats.