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Go for it, dude! Some of us dream of sailing and others dream of building a boat. Whatever your dream is, just DO it. With your approach and attitude, I'm sure you will get lots of free advice and some of it may even have some value. Ha, ha! Here's my contribution: Think about building a catamaran. Yes, I know that we cat people are the minority and I suspect that building one would involve more time and $$$ than a monohull but the finished product should give you more space and more comfort at sea. OTOH, if you really, really like to heel, stick with a mono. We just love our recently acquired catamaran and I just ask that you consider the possibility of a multhull before you jump into building a mono and wind up kicking yourself for it a few years down the road. Whatever you do, best wishes and don't get caught up in the throes of "analysis paralysis" like so many dreamers do.
PS: Are you a real JAG as your username suggests? If so, we can swap some war stories when we meet "out there". We also plan to spend a lot of time on the ICW - at least during the warm season. Keep us posted and good luck!
S/V Sunshine PDQ 36