My advise would be that, after you are done with sailing lessons, you endeavor to crew as much as possible. Failing that, I would purchase a smaller boat, $2000-$3000, and sail the daylights out of it.
In the meantime, I'd be on the lookout for a Flicka. This would, of course, mean that there will be one less out there for sale when I finally get the money around to buy mine.(g) A Flicka is only twenty feet in length but is capable of taking you anywhere. It will also be much easier to singlehand than a larger boat. It doesn't hurt that it is a beautiful boat. Some say cute, but I've never thought the word applied to the women or boats I lust after.
As far as the dogs go. Well. You might want to pull up the bull-terrier thread. There was actually some good advise in it before the woman went ballistic. You'll no doubt notice the difference in responses to your query, versus the "dog lady's". Some regard it as an epic moment in sailnet history, others, "a new low".(g)
On the physical side it'll just be the usual. There will be times when you'll wish you had the extra upper body strength, but not that often. And, in typical female fashion, you'll probably plan ahead better than us guys, and not have to rely on strength alone.(g)
Good luck. stay in touch. Often, people come by and we never hear from them again-wondering how they came out and all.
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