This was our first sailboat, we live aboard.
First sailing is not hard, not hard at all. Now I donít claim to be all that experienced and am not a racer
etc. , but I get by. By a book or two on sail trim and or talk to knowledgeable people, there usually is no end to the number of people that are willing to help.
Most will tell you that you need to take all these sailing courses and live aboard course etc.
Iíd say if money
is no object, sure go ahead, itís likely fun.
However Iím of the belief that all these sailing courses are a relatively new thing and that people have been going to sea for thousands of years without ASA
Read a book and go out in a protected bay on a day with 10 kt or so winds and just play with it, youíll figure it out, most of it is common sense.
To keep the purists off of my back, Iíll clarify and say that sailing to cruise
to a destination
is not all that hard, Iím sure sailing to eek the last .001 kt is exceedingly difficult and people spend their entire lives polishing those skills.
Just saying sailing at a much lower level isnít rocket science and itís not dangerous to get out on your own in protected waters and learn is all.
Maybe have Boat US or Seatow Insurence first though.
Sailboats can be and are extremely efficient motor
boats, in fact it seems that is the way that a great many are used, not to cross Oceans, but to run up and down the East Coast
and Gulf Coast
of the US anyway.
When motoring expect to make 40 ish miles a day, maybe a little better in Summer Months. The little motors are usually good for thousands of hours, seem to last pretty well if maintained.
30í is awfully small though, I feel that your family will outgrow it, at least your lucky in that both kids are the same Sex, and privacy isnít as big a concern.