Best Education for getting my 1st Boat
Hello everyone. I just wanted to throw out this on-the-board question. I have been on boats as a passenger and acting 1st mate during a sailing adventure in the Caribbean islands. So I am green but not the greenest! I am thinking of getting a small trawler that is 32 to 40 feet. Staying intercoastal, maybe the Bahamas, but mostly want one to learn on. Also, would like to know some great instructors, classes etc in the SE US. Any online instruction would be nice as well. I understand there is nothing better than an on-the-water experience, but I would like to get less green and more experienced before I buy.
Any input or ideas on vessels that I should look toward. I have no kids, dogs, and a wife that says she will help! Thanks in advance for any tips! The budget will be 35k to 150k and assume 10% a year repair budget or higher.