Mate, I am at my happiest when sailing up or down the coast, headed for Tasmania from Sydney
on Jan 1st God willing.
For you first boat, if it's small, too small, no matter just get it. Buy it right, almost steal it and later when the time is right larger opportunities will present themselves.
My advice for ANY sufferer, spend as much time sailing as life permits.
Truck loads of wonderful people on CF can't do enough to assist you, as you'll see.
Yes, the odd l o m b a r d but you sort the wheat from the chaff.
And thanks Brother for your service
too. Jungle warfare was awful but open field/ street fighting frightens the Bejesus out of me.
Cheers Mate.....many welcomes coming from others to be sure.