Admitedly I've been a stalker on this site for a few months, just reading and never having posted anything.
I'm in the market for a sailboat that I can sail with my father who is turning 77 this year. He learned to sail a small daysailer with his father (who was a Captain for Maersk) when he was in his teens. My mother never cared much for the motion of being on the water and so my dad abandoned one of his passions.
My parents did charter a boat with my older brother in the Carribean (it was a Beneteau Oceanis - I forget the size) about 12 years ago which they liked.
Recently my father said he wanted to sail again and this has got me to thinking it would be wonderful opportunity to share one of his childhood passions. I never did alot of father / son stuff growing up because he was always working.
Living in Vancouver and having a lot of protected water ways seems ideal for us enjoying weekends on the water.
I don't have sailing experience beyond sailing a laser and would be taking my CYA - Basic cruising course.
What's a good boat to start with that could sleep 4 adults, preferably has inboard power, would be easy to sail, but that we could also grow with ? (Oh... I'm 6'5" and would prefer not to crawl too much in the cabin, so headroom is a bit of a factor)
Not having looked at anything other than ad's for Catalina 27's, C&C's, Cal's, Sunstars, etc... and not knowing anything about the advantages / disadvantages of various types of rigging, designs etc.
Any advice would be wonderful.