Welcome to the world of sailing!!
As you can probably tell by the responses so far, there are a lot of interesting
people and personalities on CF with lots of opinions (mostly valid
). Here is my two cents...FWIW.
MANY folks are attracted to sailing... adventure, romance, freedom, etc.
In my experience, TOO many fail to get far enough along in the process of learning
, applying knowledge, experiencing all that can go right or (perhaps, more importantly) wrong to realize the dream.
Big road bump... first bad weather
experience (especially in small boats with family
crew with little or no experience with this sort of thing). Often, the person euphemistically known as the Admiral (read: wife) upon arriving on sweet solid land will declare, in no uncertain terms, that they will NEVER set foot on a boat again!! Double ditto if kids/pets are involved.
So... proceed slowly and thoughtfully and the dreams will become reality.
As for your ??? about specific boats, here is a link to a list of reliable pocket cruisers (71 in total) and a site (Atom) that you will find helpful.
After looking at all of the boats in this list, you will have learned a great deal about what will suit your needs.
Take some classes
that include on the water
time. Take your time and you are much less likely to encounter a road bump that will derail your plans/dreams.
cheers to all