David and Carol,
Welcome! I agree with the above advice. In the SF bay
area there is a published list available that will give you the location of all the marinas
in the area. I got a copy of that publication from Marina Village in Alameda. Live-aboard spots can be hard to find, but some time with a phone
should firm them up for you. Many spots that might seem out of the way are actually really interesting.
Are sailing and flying similar? Give it a try and see. Sailing indeed offers a lifestyle with technical challenges, mobility, closeness to nature, and fosters interactions with other like-minded people. I love it, and hope you do too.