Newby from Lake Tahoe, Ca
So, no trawlers on Tahoe, and I'm not a boat guy (yet..).
My wife and I just returned from settling in our youngest to her Jr year of college in Savannah, and spending time down there on a friends boat made us realize living on trawler and checking out the areas we may retire in in the next few years may be a great plan (Savannah being one of them).
I'm browsing forums to learn about boats, livaboard pros and cons etc and I am enjoying the knowledgeable, civil discord.
What I have so far, seems a 31- 40 ft boat would be good for 2 of us, we like a solid, slower boat and want to be able to get to the Caribbean, so Trawlers vs faster ones seems the right niche. We want a queen size bed, like good exterior space as we'll be in warmer areas mostly after 30 yrs living in snow country.
I am planning to take a boat handing course as I've just driven friends ski boats an occasional sailboat on tahoe in my life, and wondering if anyone has tips on those.
for instance, there is one course in SF bay (passagemarine), that is 2 day course, but it's for handling up to 25ft boats, I wonder if that will be valuable, or I should try to find a place that has similar controls/drive type to what I'd end up in in something like a American Tug 34?
Thx for any thoughts!