KeyTime: Great advice! I really appreciate your similar position and sharing your experience.
BandB: As well, thank you so much.
All: I am convinced that, as it often happens, my initial post was built on romanticism, emotion, and inexperience! I've learned so much just backing away and reading through 1,000 posts and replys on this great and helpful forum.
My plan now: Wait! I'm going to take my time and cruise
with a 1-week ASA
lesson and get my chops up to speed. As well, if I have a good school
, I will gain so much insight and advice. Once complete, I plan on puting my "I'm ready to throw it away.."-funds into chartering a few times around South Florida
so that I can get the feel.
Fast forward 1-year: I will be in such a much better place to make informed decisions and have the vision to anticipate many (not all) of the hurdles and challenges with owning, operating, maintaining, and paying for a sailboat and cruising experience.
Thanks to all of you again for your help and guidence. I'll keep you informed with my progress over the next few months and the year. With that will be a few more questions and posts from me, so let me apologize in advance for that (!).