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Been lurking for quite a while, figured I might as well sign up! I've been interested in boats and sailing for quite a while, but have yet to do much with it. Wife and three kids kinda take priority, so don't know how long till I end up on the water regularly. Thirteen years in the US Army as an aviation mechanic, soon to end due to medical issues. Not really sure what's coming down the pipe, but looks like going to school for mechanical engineering is the next step. With a little luck, I'll be able to squeeze a small boat in sometime! I'm not real good at talking about myself, so I'll stop now! I'm looking forward to reading more great stuff on sailnet!

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Welcome to SailNet, Ken.

You might look for a sail club near you. Generally they are inexpensive and will get you on the water to learn the ropes.

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Ken,
Thanks you for your service. I hope hte medial issues are able to be cleared up. As a fellow engineer, I can tell you that that career path is a good one. I'm an electrical/computer engineer, which is harder than mechanical engineering (inside joke which you'll appreciate later), but mechanical engineering is a fine choice.

I have a wife and two kids. A family doesn't necessarily preclude you from getting out on the water, you just have to make sure that you do it in a way that makes the most sense for all of you. For some here, that means buying a 14-18' "dinghy" sailboat from Craigslist for $100 and towing it to the local lake/river when they feel like cutting loose. For others, it's a brand-new, 40+ footer with all the bells and whistles. Donna's suggestion of a sailing club is also a great idea, because you can start to get a sense of whether you actually LIKE sailing before committing a lot of money to the cause.

Regardless of how you do it, or when, welcome aboard!

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Dr- Thanks for the thought. Just looked and there's one not too far away. Stupid oversight on my part, was thinking the whole middle of a landlocked state kinda thing!

jimgo- I know the family doesn't preclude it, but for me does make it more difficult. The "craigslist dingy" is kinda where I'm at atm. I'm also considering something out of "Build The New Instant Boats" since I'm not afraid of getting my hands dirty. It's not a question of if, just one of when.

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It's your money and time, but I'd suggest looking into the level of effort and cost to build versus buying a used boat.

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Ken,

Welcome to the asylum. Sounds like your kids are around middle school or younger. I'm not sure what you have nearby but I suggest a 23 foot trailerable and dragging the kids along until they beg you to go. Getting them hooked at the youngest possible age will pay dividends later. My younest son and I started when he was 16. He's 21 and never comes along now. The larger boat will allow cruising (aka camping on the water) which may keep them coming. Whatever you decide, fall is a great time to buy since people are looking to dump their boats before winter storage fees come due. Look around for great deals. My 25 footer cost me $2200 completely sailable, motor, dinghy. Just add trailer.

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Welcome, if you take a vacation in South Florida try this.

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Probably let the wife and kids on too!

Best boat fixer I know was an aviation mechanic in the Marines.

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