Here's my not so abbreviated story; turning 50 this year, sold the biz, packed the suits, bought a little canal front cottage on the Outer Banks
(Kill Devil Hills on the Albemarle; Colington Island to be more specific). Moving down full time with the wife and our 9 yr old daughter this summer. Sort of a semi-retirement adventure since we'll still be working part time. My sailing-water background is a probably a bit different than most here (sunfish-lightning fun at the Lake Huron family
camp growing up, worked on commerical scalloping boats and as a PADI dive instructor during college summers off, raced in a Hobie 16 fleet in Grad school
, but by far most of my "psuedo" sailing time has been windsurfing-kiteboarding during my working years). No real cruiser experience.
Part of this new adventure is to acquire an older 35ish shoal draft monohull
for basic cruising on the Albemarle, Pamlico and Chesapeake with the wife and daughter (like a Tartan 34-37 or equiv). No bluewater intentions and trips limited to the 2-5 day range. I'd luv a small beachable cruising cat (Gemini 105) for this type of water
but think I'd prefer a $50k initial outlay over $100k. Wife wants to rennovate the cottage first
. Anyway our new community has a nice little sailing club so I'll see if I can crew on some of the (very) informal Wed races just to get a feel for some different boats as well as tap into this forum, which has already been very helpful. Doubt I'd be useful for any advice unless you want to know something about kiteboarding-windsurfing.