Dream started in 2003 I guess, not for cruising, I had no idea then what that was, but just wanting to learn how to sail. But, we moved away from any large bodies of water
that same summer and didn't return until 2006.
Learned to sail in July of 2007, second time ever being on a sailboat, we did a week long "Learn-N-Cruise" ASA Bareboat charter
course out in the San Juan islands
Sailed on other people's boats for a year gaining experience, and even got a volunteer position as a skipper
on a 65ft schooner on lake union, WA.
Bought our own boat in Dec of 2008 in Corpus Christi, TX. We quit our jobs in Jan 2009 and moved aboard it and spent 1 year full time working and living on it in a boatyard in TX.
Got it finished (finally) in Jan 2010 and have been cruising the Gulf Coast
for a little over 5 months now.
Not sure I stuck with your format request, but there you go.