I like your avatar.
Just so you know you aren't alone, my husband and I are kind of in the same (pardon the pun) boat. We caught the bug a few years ago and have taken the US Sailing Learn to Sail class and gotten the basic keelboat certification
. We've sailed by ourselves on 19-22' keelboats and Hobie cats, a handful of times since then, but are still boatless, landlocked wannabees with big dreams, kinda like you.
We have signed up for the ASA
103/104/114 catamaran liveaboard
class in March in Biscayne Bay and are studying our textbooks for that now. There is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming, especially when learning
about all the systems on big boats vs. the small monohulls we have sailed to date. In class we'll be sailing on a Manta
40', which boggles my mind, but if we survive it and get certified for Cruising and Bareboat
Chartering, we should be able to start bareboat
chartering to gain more experience and to see if we really do want to buy a boat of our own. Our ultimate goal, we think, is to buy a cruising catamaran
in the 30'-36' range -- but first we have to take all the interim steps to make sure that that is the life (and type of boat) for us. If it's meant to be, we'll get there, and if not....we'll do something else.