Thanks treilley! I'm interested in a 1981 Pearson 365 ketch right now, and THAT is certainly a well known and popular boat. Although I took sailing lessons almost 20 years ago, it was on a Pearson 30' (I think that was the length) and it was spartan, but a GREAT boat. The owner of the school had taken it from Marblehead down to South Carolina several times and he spoke well of it. He had complete newbies sailing it well after just 2 lessons - nice, easy boat. I think it would be a GREAT first (or last for that matter) sailboat for me!