I'd love to try to rent a little cabin sailer on Lake Dillon for a night or 2 this summer and get the whole gang out there. Messing About in Boats talks about renting a Catalina 22 from the Dillon Marina. They only mention rentals up to 4 hours. Maybe that's good enough for our girls' first time...
I also started reading The Cost Conscious Cruiser a little online. It looks like a really neat book.
I've been seeing a lot of people, the Pardeys included, talking about just getting out there in something sea-worthy as quickly and cheaply and with as little frills as possible. I wonder if they're really on to something. No freezer; no watermaker; no generator? Sounds a little nuts, but they certainly have a point that the longer you wait to be able to afford all that stuff, the longer you're putting off freedom from the work-a-day lifestyle you're presumably intending to leave behind.
This would be awesome.