Hi, having just done a similar transition, I can tell you the learning
curve is a little bumpy, but doable.
I recommend taking a sailing class on the same exact vessel you plan to buy.
That helped a lot.
Take it slow. Shop around, and be sure you will be comfortable handling the size of boat you buy.
, or renting
a 30ft, and doing coastal cruising to gain experience.
Don't be afraid to motor
, take the sailing slowly in light winds.
close at hand to pull in for repair, or wait for good weather
I'm in the middle of getting my new boat
back home when the virus hit.
Piloting a 40 ft Catamaran
, turned out to be both a handful, and easier than I anticipated. Kind of like driving a small floating tennis court.
Cost to operate goes up dramatically with size.
Good luck. Should be some great deals soon.