Thanks, all. I've been gone a while, so here's an update, in case anyone's interested.
Still have no boat, but I have taken a sailing class, and am able (or was at the conclusion of that class, don't know if I still can,) to pilot a dinghy
around a lake all by my lonesome, generally without ending up in the water
(Sailed for a good hour or two, tacking back and forth, all around the lake, then someone managed to crash into me right as I was coming in to land her, resulting in me spending like, 20 minutes about chest-deep in the lake, trying to right the boat, and climb back aboard, because I REFUSED to just drag her in on her side like that, despite being only about 10 feet from where I was trying to land. Eventually got her back upright, with me aboard, and stepped from the boat ONTO land, though thoroughly fatigued and really angry, as best as I'm able to recall
. It had been LOTS of fun up until then. Hence, "generally".)
Recently updated my profile, reflecting my return to college, (pending,) after which I will be able hopefully to get a good job and earn more money
, with which to buy the boat I have previously mentioned wanting to buy. (Not a specific vessel, that's still in the distant future, I suspect.) As that time approaches I suppose the thing to do would be to find a vessel that needs a hand, and volunteer, or however that works, and get experience on a real, actual boat, and see how that goes, before deciding.
I am leaning towards the L&L Pardey
philosophy, so whatever boat I ultimately buy (or build, or restore, etc.) may end up NOT having an engine
. This is of course, still in the distant future, so as far as choosing a boating
philosophy, this is like deciding on a name for the chickens whose eggs have yet to be laid by the hen that has yet to hatch
from the egg that I am waiting on... etc.
So there's the update. Time passes, I inch closer to my goal that is yet many miles away.