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Re: Hello from Wyoming

Welcome.

You sound like you have two different goals here: Learning to sail and buying a boat to overnight on with the kids. Both are doable, but I would suggest learning to sail first before taking small children on a boat you don't know how to sail or how it reacts to adverse situations (and when you're learning, just about everything is an adverse situation). Unless, of course, they are teenagers and can actually help, you'll almost completely lose awareness of what's going on around you if you also have to worry about the children not falling overboard or getting fingers caught in winches or when one or all get bored and start demanding attention...

So, this is just a suggestion to learn first, perhaps with an on-water sail course, take the boat out until you become comfortable in most situations you may encounter and then take the kids.
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