Hi to the beautiful Southern California
Interesting post ! Hello and welcome from a new member
too. I was not inclined as well to join again a forum especially after my very bad experience on TrawlerForum which I leaved last month for the reason I finally was tired of some posts criticizing also insulting the French. CruisersForum looks very interesting with lot of knowledgeable and valuable people who have different backgrounds which it will be good to learn from.
Your area is great for sailing, I still remember our first family vacation
in Southern California (was in 1968) where my father discovered one of the first Grand Banks
42' Classic. As soon as he got home, he ordered one new what was delivered end of 1968 in the South of France
# 52. It was the beginning of a long adventure of nice cruises and treasured family
I also like the quote "why go fast when you can go slow". I wish you the best with your new boat and a pleasant virtual trip on this forum.