Thanks for the welcome, Don. Affliction seem to be a good word for it. It's something that I've wanted to do for decades.
I've struggled for the past year or so with the decision to buy a boat. But outside of some very limited experience with little run abouts, I have virtually no boating experience, so I've tried to hold off on buying until after successfully completing the ASA 101 course. After that, everything changes. :-)