I have never owned a boat, but I have dreamed about it. I love being out on the water. I have found memories growing up of time on Uncle Dick's boat, very distant memories of Great-Uncle LeRoy's cabin cruiser (sold when I was probably 7 or 8.)
During my prosperous years in Florida, years when it would have been easy to own a boat, and with lots of water around, my then spouse couldn't swim and objected to the idea of a boat. In Kentucky there was a lack of navigable water around, really only the Kentucky River and the sections of that near us, had dams and locks that were no longer functional, restricting you to a relatively short and narrow section of river.
My daily walks along the Potomac bring back dreams of a boat. Either a very small one, or a very large one. The river is broad, but only deep in the middle, a very small boat opens the possibility of exploring the shallows. Oh, and it has to be a power boat. I want it to go where I point it to go when I point it that way. Sailing looks like the most frustrating thing for me, having to go one way to tack back to get where you wanted to go.
For you, would it be a power boat or a sailboat, or no boat at all?