Well once you get salt water
in your veins it won't come out. I find it a happy affliction.
If you want to get into boating
there are different ways of going about it. I've done it all my life...like 1968 at the age of 3. I had MY first boat at 8. I've had many power boats with day sailors thrown in here and there. I got back into sailing with an early 1981 Hobie Cat
I bought back around 2005 then in 2009 my wife and I decided to start getting serious so we went to Abaco Bahamas
and took ASA
courses to learn how to sail larger boats, within 2 months I bought a 1993 26' Macgregor
. I wanted a beginner size cruising boat that was trailerable so when I was sure my Wife was going to embrace this sailing thing I would have a larger market to sell to. We LOVED that boat and had a blast with it but we wanted to go bigger so last Summer I sold the Hobie, sold the Macgregor
and bought a 2000 Catalina 320
(First time we ever used a broker). We bought this boat in September and only got to sail about 6 weeks until we pulled her for the Winter. All I can say is WOW what a boat!
What I would suggest is start out with a smaller less expensive boat to make sure you and your wife are going to be into it. If you know you are going to move up in size try to get a newer one in good shape so it'll be easier to sell when you are ready for the BIG one. Another plus starting in a smaller boat is that the mistakes
you make won't be as expensive (and you WILL make mistakes), like bumping a pier or running aground (If you don't have a swing keel). Another reason to get a boat in good shape is you don't want to burn out on fixing a lot of things although ALL boats will a require good amount work and upkeep, later if you want to do some serious work then go for it but first get out and sail.
Go walk some piers! Talk to owners, most everyone loves to talk about their boat! Try to develop some connections like at work on these forum sites. I really would stay away from salesmen or brokers until you go large. They are basically real estate agents handling boats. Like I said last year was the FIRST time I ever used a broker and I've been boating
all my life. Speaking of which, my wife actually found that Hobie Cat
we had, I taught her that when looking to by an old car or boat, high grass is a for sale
sign. She saw a Hobie with a bunch of high grass around it, called me and 2 days later we had a nice catamaran