Evanne, I am a fan of anyone who is hippy and wears rose colored glasses. I love people who are self disclosure types and aren't afraid to say it the way it is
Maybe you will take a few minutes to read Jim Brown's early attempts at sailing. His story is remarkable. His trimaran
designs still ply the waters all over the world. Truly a hippie type and a big dreamer. Go to outrigger.org and read his early writings and videos. I am not so brave as he. But he built his own little trimaran
...and I mean little....put him and his wife on it...exited the harbor somewhere on the pacific coast...hung a left...sailed to Mexico
...got caught in a near hurricane
...and Mexicans in Cabo San Lucas helped him pick up the boat and carry it off the beach...true story with pictures.
My point being, Evanne, is this...if you can dream it...it is possible to do it. All of the other posters here all have valid points about expense, experience, expectations...etc. Some people do it on 4 million dollar Gun boats and others sail out across the wilds of the pacific on 10k dollar thin skinned Catalinas.
I, for one, would be to buy something cheap
now and sail the heck out of it in all kinds of weather
locally. Maybe even something you can throw on a trailer and do the San Juans near you...by the way..one of the best cruising grounds on this planet. In Alameda, near my home in San Francisco
Bay area, the local yacht club rents space for cheap
to store the trailer on. You leave the boat completely rigged (mast is up) and you pull the trailer over to the crane, throw some straps under the keel
, up and over she goes into the briny. All done by yourself...hose off facilities available and no moorage fees
...no slimy bottoms...it is a great solution. I am sure the Seattle
crowd has the same somewhere.
You will build trust in your competence as sailors, learn what your family
needs or doesn't need, build skill sets in anchoring
, sailing techniques, weather
reading, and having fun as a family
. Nothing as good as a boat skimming across the water
power and just the sound of a boat working her way through the water. To me nothing is more magical other than love.