Thanks John and Dave,
Moving on to the boat in 5 years is just the first step. The goal is 5 years later, after we have learned to sail, and to maintain the boat, and to learn what we like and dislike in boats and the gear
onboard etc etc etc... is to leave and seldom if ever come back.
To put it as an aquaintance once said "Take a left turn and never come back"
When I was young living in Seattle
and surrounding area I spent my life on Puget Sound
and the Coastal Pacific of Washington
. While I sailed with friends, me or my family
never owned a sailboat.
Later in years I lived in San Francisco
and Galveston TX, and just took for granted that salt water
was always there. I made the move to Utah for a great job knowing I would not like living away from salt water
but never knew how bad I would miss it.
So, I know everyone here is going to have a lot to add to my tiny pool of knowledge. I don't even know what I don't know, I think is the best way I have heard of describing my situation.
I have looked at a few boats and talked to some marinas
about live aboard moorage and as much as I learn it only generates more questions. I am not expecting our first boat to be "the" boat, only the boat that teaches us what we need and like.
I have my first question in mind but I will ask it in a new thread in the appropriate forum.
Thanks for the welcome, I hope to get to know you all much better