Dear Hoosier You have gotten generally excellent advice
on here--except for the "My water
ballast is bigger than your water
ballast" type of comments so often found here..unfortunately. I was going to suggest you not a boat right away unless you have a lot of time and are not worried about all that might be involved. However, if you do or did (which it appears to be) just take good care of it and enjoy it as much as possible. You can get into sailing in a half serious sort of way or go for it 100%--like anything else. Lake sailing io small boats can be a great way to start. I sailed on Eagle Reservoir near Indianapolis and a massive squall blew in quickly--so even on a lake on a summer day far inland things can "happen." But don't fret over this make or that model and all you'll end up getting here are mainly a bunch of hffy puffyopinions about why this boat sucks or that one sucks or this one is great. Read online reviews--especially those in Practical Sailor or from the late naval architect Jack Hornor. But just get the basics down, have fun and be cautious but unlike one member
who suggested you don't need lessons and should just go for it...I say no way. Get lessons. Pay for quality instruction. It will save you money
, hassle and disappointment in the long run and keep you safer. But beware of spurious and haughty commenters who offer little but close-minded opinions with the attitude that they know it all. Basic sailing skills are fairly easy to attain. Basic sailing books
will help a lot but then the learning
curve rises sharply. Have fun and be safe and be cool.