remote - How cool - a fellow sailor! I'm sure you tear up the lake on your Laser! And wow - a 48 ft. J/Boat - I'll bet she's a beaut!
Yes, that is our boat in my av, but it is not as big as your parents' - ours is a 30 ft. Catalina - I think the picture probably makes her look bigger than she is. My husband's parents, though have a 42 ft. Vagabond that they lived on for 15 years, and then went cruising for about 5 years. They are currently having it completely gutted inside and redone, and plan to be cruising back out on the open water by the end of the year!
We've crewed on our friend's boat in several regattas on the lake - which is where we had our boat for a couple of years. I can honestly say, though, that we are definitely more "cruisers" than we are "racers" - give me a good breeze, a margarita, some sun, and I'm a happy girl! We moved our boat back down to the coast two years ago, and we've just recently moved down here ourselves. I can honestly say that being out in the bay is different than being out on the lake - WAY different - but I'm learning not to freak out when the waves come up over the bow!