Welcome to the forum! You will find a great bunch of people here, full of great stories, advice of all sorts but above all, you'll be at home!
Secondly, I'm a navy
veteran who served in the first Gulf War and wanted to salute ya brother for your hard work.
Even while i was cruising the world on an aircraft carrier, I was doing what you are doing, dreaming of owning a boat and cruising, so I know what you're going through..itching to get your hands at the helm
of your own boat and going where-ever the wind
i was stationed in San Diego
too when I was on active duty. A great place for sailing and getting your feet wet with experience.
Again, welcome to the fun!
s/v Booty Call
1976 Oday 27