Originally Posted by thomm225
Just don't do anything too fast at this point. You are still readjusting. You can even wear different clothes everyday! Decisions, decisions!
I was where you are now in the 80's having just gotten out of the USMC. I also went to school
but part time which took many years to graduate but already had a job skill so no rush.
I had the GI Bill also. (like you do but another version)
Since I was landlocked at the time, I started with Hobie Cats also and ended up getting into racing
. I was about to buy an old Catalina
22 but stayed with beachcat racing
for 15 years on four different style boats.
Try all aspects of sailing to see which ones you enjoy. It would also be nice if you could spent a few nights aboard a friends boat or go on a short cruise
with someone before jumping into anything.
Thanks for your input and your service!
I am definitely not planning on any type of purchases till I graduate and even that is up in the air at the moment with me considering a Masters program.
I just want to get my feet wet sort to speak, I want to see if sailing and all the maintenance
that goes along with it is something I would enjoy.
I hope to use the Crews section of the forum to maybe line something up between semesters to get out on a boat and really see how it is to spend extended periods of time out on the water
At the moment I don't have any friends (that come to mind) that are into this type of hobby. It seems like everyone is locked into the more traditional 8-5 work schedule, a mortgage, married and settled into our hometown. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing but it's just not for me.
Can't thank everybody enough for all the replies and awesome information!