Opinions - hmm - okay...
I have just registered.
Good first move !
I do apologize if the question I am about to ask was already discussed 1,000 times. Just point me to the right thread please.
Not a serious problem, you just seem to have caught some folks when they are less than their regular, sunny selves.
I have no boat, but have a desire to get one.
This is not a unique situation...
It has to be a Sail Boat.
Good - for a newbie you are showing promise
It has to be not expensive (less than $25k preferably)
Well, that certainly is not expensive, I'll agree with you there...
and it has to fit my family (wife + two kids).
Not sure what you mean by "fit". Do you mean they have to like it ? That there has to be room for all of them to sleep on it ? Cruiser rather than racer ???
Also it has to be easy in handling
Okay - this is not a difficult criterion
I have never sailed in my life.
So why on earth are you thinking about buying a sailboat ?
I do not plan to race it,
This is good, as it is possible that you might find racing a bit disappointing, given your level of experience
but rather take family for weekends.
Hmm - better you should learn a bit on your own, rather than drown the wife and kids on the first go
I have so far seen Catalina and Hunter (30 - 35'; 1980 - 1990).
Do you mean looked at with an interest in purchasing ??? These boats are too big. Buy a small dinghy about 15 or so feet long. Learn to sail, then take your kids out, then take your wife out. Then buy a 20 - 22 foot sailboat and take them all out together at the same time. Keep this second boat for at least two years so that you can get an idea of what it costs to own and maintain it. Then research the difference between the costs associated with a 22 foot boat and a 30 foot boat and THE TIME it requires to maintain a 30 foot boat - because - if you don't maintain that 30 foot boat properly and you go sailing on the wrong day you could wind up with no wife, no kids, no boat and no hope...
Don't want to sound like a wet blanket, but in my opinion, people who buy 30 foot boats to learn on are water-borne hazards to be avoided at all costs.
Take it slow, enjoy, and don't subject your family to unnecessary danger. Good Luck !