suggestion from someone who was in dallas when we first took a sailing lesson - we had never been on a sailboat and went to clear lake
and took a lesson, asa
101. we liked it so much we went to fla and took two more and chartered for a week - it was a great experience.
we chartered a couple of more times and bought our first and only boat, a Jeanneau
DS40, in 2003 brand new.
suggest you take the asa
course and see if you even like sailing then a couple of more and get a bit of learning
under you - there are some lakes north of you that have some nice boats on them and maybe charter
- and of course spend your vacations in say the BVIs chartering and learning
to see if it the lifestyle that appeals to you -
as for small boats - well we never sailed one as our first and only boat is a 40' - and we kinda made it around a bit -
as for cost I publish our cost in the dollars and cents forum here and it now 6 years of cost data for an idea of what we spend -