Thanks all for the input and info. Budget
can grow (already have the $10k, and banking more every day), however, I would hate to find myself in love with the life, penniless at the end of the 1st year and have to give it up, or conversely drop a significant amount of money
and find that it is just not for me. One of the main goals was to have a limit in terms of time and money
, then after that re-evaluate. I am not worried about doing repairs
myself as I am handy (on land for what that's worth) and it would be our home for a time.
Hopefully we will be headed to Annapolis
to spend some time with my aunt/uncle in law on their sailboat this summer to get the feel for it.
We are also thinking about building a sailing dinghy
to hit the lake here for the year before setting off? Would this be a useful exercise? Thoughts on folding/stow-able dinghys? Would it actually remain usefull once we have the "big" boat" or will we be replacing it with something sturdier at that point anyways?
Thanks again to everyone who has commented.
In the meantime book recommendations? one i have seen listed repeatedly is "This Old Boat"....