Actually, there are a few really nice lakes in Kentucky. Kentucky lake is listed as being 184 miles long. If there are any lakes near you, you might consider picking up a small day sailer or dinghy
that you can tow. While instruction is good, and preferred, you can pick up some books
and/or videos to give you the basics. My first boat was a Hobie 16 that I taught myself to sail. I will admit that I spent a considerable amount of time treading water
but I did learn quite a bit and had fun. You could probably pick up a used boat
in the 8-14 ft range for less than a $1000. We bought a Walker Bay 8 ft with sailing rig for $500 and it was like new.
Meanwhile, I sympathize with you. My wife has family
near Manchester and the one time I was up there I kept hearing a banjo. It's pretty economically depressed. As another poster suggested, moving closer to the sea might be good choice. Better income
, and the ability to crew. Many yacht clubs have weekly or monthly races and they welcome anyone who wishes to crew. I did it for a year while searching for a boat of my own.
Regardless, let me add my welcome,