What is the best approach to finding a boat when you are open to all the options and information overload is easy on the Internet.
Internet information is a spectacular resource but it suffers from one very serious problem - Information overload!
The Internet works best when you already know what you are looking for. Search tools work perfectly fine and you can do searches in seconds. When you don't know what you don't know it seems to fail quickly. How does the search engine
know to give you what you need instead of what you asked for.
To get a better sense of where you all fit into the whole idea of a boat takes a different approach. I would say you need to get out on the water
for just a bit. It helps for a lot of reasons. It concentrates what you like about it so you feel it and the rest of the does family
To sail or to more importantly start sailing it is 100% about showing up. You need a way to do it as much as practical. For Barnegat it's clearly shoal draft
. But even that isn't the real issue. It's about a way that works for you. Where you start sailing today leads you to where you might do it later. You grow and change and confidence soars. It's a beginning and not the end. Find a way that works in terms of showing up on a regular basis. It should not be a huge financial commitment (based on what you can afford). It's all supposed to be fun. If it does not start out fun it won't be. Make it as fun as you can.
Things you can do to start. Try out an ASA
of US Sail sailing course. It is fun and you learn - a whole heck of a lot! Key point - they supply the boat! Look for sail clubs where you pay a fixed fee and sail a group of boats on a reservation basis. Here the idea is you don't know what boat suits best you so don't buy one until you do. No one really knows what you need. If you were like everyone else you would look like them too. You have to make the money
work or it's not all fun. When the fun stops you won't sail ever again. Be the having fun people!
Finding the way that works for you isn't the same as everyone else. We all come to sailing from a lot of directions. The only thing in common is - it all is supposed to be fun! If you show up a lot it's more fun.