Welcome to the asylum.
There is an active member here that sails on Gull Lake. I sometimes join him if the weather is right. We are just North of you a few miles.
I would recommend Gull Lake as a nice place for you to pursue your dreams. A nice 20 - 25 foot trailerable works out real nice there.
If you are looking at doing some bigger water and bigger boat sailing, we are up in Holland. I am sure we can get you a ride in the Spring, especially if you volunteer to help polish. LOL!
Good luck and hope to see you soon.
Courtney is My Hero
If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most - E.B. White