I've just joined in hopes of having some good sailing discussion! I sail a Passport 42 with my parents and brother. We used to sail a Rhodes 22 and then a Marie Holm 33. I also have sailed Lasers, JYs, and American 14.6's.
You have to start somewhere. Armchair sailing is not hazardous but a lot of fun. There are no maintenance issues, boat payments, or dockage fees. If you are serious about boating, the boat will come. You will find a way.
Where in Pa. do you hail. For ten years I lived in N.E. Philadelphia. I enjoyed the functions of the Columbus Boating Club and the Delaware River Organization annual Penn's Landing cruise in. Excuse me for not remembering the correct names of the clubs. I was a member over 25 years ago.