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Welcome to the family! With a power boat you need to know four things; fast, slow, left, right. That's about it. Sailing is a little different.
We bought out first boat two years ago as a father-son thing. No sailing experience, no trailer, no truck, no regrets. Our Lancer 25 is on the larger size of trailerables but we can still tow and launch her with just two of us, ans she'll sleep 5 in a pinch. If I may be bold, pick up a copy of The Complete Trailer Sailor by Brian Gilbert (or something like it). He has loads of information on sailing, trailoring and boating. He also includes pros and cons, specifications, sketched and photos of about 50 boats, 12' to 28'. It can help you select the boat that is right for you. You can pick up a 20' on trailer for about $3000, in good shape. Trailering may not be ideal for some folks, but it is the mark for many others. If I had to moor or slip a 30 footer, I'd never have sailed. The costs are opressive on my budget. At any rate, do your homework before you buy.