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Advice needed .... !
Hi, I have sailed small boats done a little bit of power boating but I am far from a serious sailor. A couple years ago an injury forced me into retirement. lucky for me I made okay financial decisions so I can survive. I have spent the last few years doing travel photography as a hobby, Africa, Japan, london Cuba a few times. I have always wanted to have a boat I could stay the weekends on and do some coastal sailing. Cruising the Caribbean would be great. There really is nothing stopping me. one kid in med school, #2 just graduated college and #3 has two years left to finish college. My point is I can leave for periods of time without problems. So now would be the time, my father gave me some advice the other day when I said I was thinking about doing some sailing. His advice don't wait do it now! After getting injured I have for the most part been doing just that, not waiting to do things I want to do or see.
So my long winded question is how do I go about finding the right boat? where do I find information about boats? i do not know anyone who sails seriously enough to ask. I really need to find someone who has sailed on longer trips who knows what will work and what won't. Is there anyone here that has time to answer questions and would not mind passing on some wisdom?
I have been looking thru the adds at boats, and at Marina's . So far I know I want something between 30 and 40 feet. I need to find a marina fairly close to home. is there a good book I can read ? I am not in a huge hurry my plan is to get a boat do some sailing in Montery bay... i have surfed there a bit so I am confident I can judge the weather and not get into trouble the first time out. Anyone have time to help me ?