Hello all, I've been getting directed to sailnet by search engines for a while now so I figured I should just sign in. I've been dreaming of the sea since I was very young. I grew up in Ventura CA and spent time on Oahu and Fort Bragg CA and now I'm landlocked in Idaho. I miss the great Pacific and hope to return some day. My ultimate goal is live my Jimmy Buffet, Captain Ron fantasy (wrong ocean I know but I haven't found a lot of Pacific centric sailing movies or culture to attach myself to) of living aboard somewhere on the Same. My current "vessel" is an 8 foot inflatable drifting down a desert river during the short season here. My short term goal is to learn the language of what I hope will be my people and learn enough technical knowledge that I can simulate any situation with little effort so that when I can get back to the water and give myself permission to come aboard my own boat, I'll be able to learn the real world stuff without struggling with the basic language and concepts.