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Let's clarify some terminology- there is "sailing" and there is "cruising."
Sailing is fun. Cruising is a different kind of fun, requiring a different mindset.

Sailing is like driving a 10 000 truck down a winding icy mountain road with bald tires and no brakes. if you know what you're doing, or believe you know what you're doing, it is a whole LOT of fun. If you're clueless, it can get real unfun real quick. At the very least, start by crewing on a boat during the local clubs regular weekly races. EVERY skipper is ALWAYS looking for fresh railmeat, either to replace crew or to simply find a greenhorn who doesn't know that the skipper is a moron.
If you like it, then consider buying a boat of your own, and take at least a basic keelboat course so you aren't a danger to yourself or others. You're boating in a busy area. Remember: big truck, downhill, icy, no brakes, bald tires.
Don't work backwards, and buy a boat then decide whether you are going to like it.
Once you're good with sailing, now it's time to find out how you feel about cruising.
How do you know if you'll like cruising?
Try a cruising simulation:
1.Empty your clothes closet and dresser into the tub. Turn on the shower for 10 seconds.
2. Remove clothes, pack in garbage bags, park them in corner of your kitchen.
3. stuff a phone book under one leg of the table and smaller books under one leg of each chair. Every couple of hours, move the books to different legs.
4. Make sure there are fewer chairs than people.
5. Remove the hot water knob. Leave hot water dripping slightly.
6. Remove three burners from the stove.
7. Unplug the fridge.
8. Remove the toilet seat. Take toilet seat to kitchen. Put toilet seat on 5 gallon bucket. With a book wedged under one corner. Bathroom is now off limits. Except for fully clothed cold showers. Twice daily.
9. Sleep on the countertops.
10. Set all timers and alarms in house to go off at random times.
11. At least once a day, tear up three $100 bills.
12. Carefully plan your meals. Remove all other food from kitchen. Take one quarter of your provisions and place in sink under dripping hot water.

Lock yourself and your spouse in the kitchen on Friday night. If both of you come out and at least one of you is smiling on Sunday night... you might like cruising.
Eeek ha.
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Don't get attached to any one boat or buy under time pressure. Watch the Annapolis/B-more/eastern shore craigslists for a month and you will see tons of good simple boats in you price range. Read the sticky thread about doing your own survey and go visit a couple likely boats - you will quickly see what looks well cared-for, as well as learn how to dig in the corners (how do the keelbolts look? Are the backings of the chainplates accessible? Bottom of bulkheads or portlights show signs of water?) Capt. Aaron's advice to keep it real simple is dead-on. Oh, and run the motor and sail before you buy.

Doing this summer as a club member and crewing on as many different kinds of boats as possible, then buying in the fall is a good idea.

What about my answer to the original question - "Talk me into it..."? No need. Sail once. If you're hooked, you're hooked

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Don't get attached to any one boat or buy under time pressure.
This will be the hard part for me haha. I ALWAYS jump straight in.
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Re: I've never sailed in my life... talk me into it.

The best advice so far is to look into clubs, lessons, and shares. You'll get experience, make sailing connections, get to sail on different boats, and figure out what you do/don't like. Then you're already sailing, the pressure to "buy now" is off, and you can wait for the right deal at the right time.

As far as talk you into to... I can't do that. The wind either calls you, or it doesn't. If it doesn't no amount of cajoling will talk you into it. And if it does ... nothing can talk you out of it.
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I am a little worried though about when I get to the buying stage. I plan on taking a course at Belle Haven Marina in Alexandria; it's right down the road. I am scared I won't be able to budget in a surveyor though. My budget is probably 4000 max and probably less. I can't afford to pay a surveyor and then not get the boat. Conversely that opens me up to disaster... ?
Meh. At this point in the game you shouldn't even be thinking about buying a boat. Just learn to sail first. See if you even like it.
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All these repairs and costs every body is whining about comes from all the pressure pumps, and electrical gadgets they fill their boats with to make it more like a house.
No. Not always. For someone new to sailing it could be the standing rigging he or she had no idea what to look for, or the engine that needs replacing (in our case), or any number of essential items that an inexperienced person will overlook because they can't see past the sunsets and boat drinks.
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^ I don't drink...
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I jumped in. After 6 months of looking at boats and reading every training book I could find, I pulled the trigger. No regrets. One of the best things I have done for my inner Zen. Still learning and I hope I always will be. I would post more, but I am ditching this work computer and heading out to my boat. Good luck!
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^ I don't drink...
...yet.
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