Hey! I wanna get into sailing. I'm 52, in good shape, but I am not going to be an athlete after this point. Still, I have no interest in keelboats - I don't want to pay for a dock, or buy a V6 for trailering. I would like to start on a dinghy sailboat that I can solo - and don't find myself in water every 5 minutes. All I know about sailing is the books / articles I've read and videos I've watched online. Laser, Sunfish, this and that are all nice, but I'd rather have less action and more dry experience. I know I am looking for a unicorn. I am here to hear some ideas. By the way, I am in RI but willing to travel nearby states just for sailing. Also, I'd like to avoid sailing clubs if I could. Thanks in advance.
What do you want to do? Race or potter?
Avoiding sailing clubs isn't really a great plan for dinghy sailing, as some safety boat cover is a good idea and it's clubs or schools that provide that. With a bit of experience, most of us would sail without a safety boat in the right conditions, because we know the right conditions, but it isn't a great idea for beginners. On a windsurfer, you can wash up randomly onto the beach so long as the breeze is onshore but do the same in a dinghy and you are into damage.