Thanks DRFerron. I took a drive out to the closest lake to me... Bluewater Lake is 'bout 50 miles... in NM, that is nothing! With all the input I am still torn between getting a 15' open daysailer or going for a 22 with a cabin. I think the small lake would be ok for bigger boat but I am unsure if it would be better to learn (complete noob) on a Capri 14.2 or similar. I have also been looking at Potter15s (on line). I have read that the a dinghy is great to learn because you will catch your mistakes rapidly... Would that be true in a 22 like tha catalina or ventrura?