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Re: Future Sailor?
Seems like you have a good feel for a plan. Florida is a sand bar with shallow waters. This you know. You want to sail. This you also know. You're really going to love it. This you DON'T know. So, buy a trailer sailor in the 23 foot range. You can pick them up pretty cheaply. They usually have a shallow draft so thin water isn't an issue. They are pretty cheap to maintain and not to bad to move. So, you need to pick one out. Get a copy of Brian Gilbert's "The Complete Trailer Sailor". It has lots of info on the subject. BUt . . . he includes tons of photos, info, specs and more on about 50 boats in your range. It can really help you pick out what you like, hate and never knew you always wanted.
So, you take the class (great idea but not required), you splash you new honey and you hank on your jib. You either hate it or love it. You'll find out. If you have any sense at all, you'll run screaming from the dock, clutching your wallet. But alas, you will probably end up like the rest of us. You love sailing and are willing to mortgage your soul for it. A few fleeting years later, you bid your little girl goodbye and shack up with her well-rounded big sister. Nobody will talk.But keep in mind that she is a sophisticated uptown girl with a penchant for shiny things . . . expensive shiny things. Why is Christie Brinkley running through my mind? (Ans: She wouldn't dare walk)
At any rate, welcome to the asylum