Bigjer40 , amazing how close to identical our plans are. Me and my lovely wife belong to island sailing club , and this will be our last month with dues. After completing the basic asa101 class we sailed their boats as often as we could. We also spent slot of time sailing on people's boats in Portland
. My wife joined owsa (Oregon women's sailing associate. ) and that has been a great learning
experience , and opportunity to meet lots of boat owners , and get out on lots of different boats. We looked for a year at different boats , and just bought an islander 44. So far we love it. If you want to check out a cat up close , I have a friend with a 38 seawind
and it's here on the Columbia
river. He loves it. His wife also belongs to owsa. Our islander silvergirl is the first boat that both of us fell in love with , after looking at a lot of damn boats. She is still up in Olympia , and we are bringing her home July 22.
Good luck with your search