As you've no doubt gathered, there's no such thing as one-size-fits-all advice, but you can mesh what works for others with your strengths, needs, and interests.
Most people learn best from different kinds of sources and experiences, and some of the seemingly contradictory advice is okay when you look at it this way; it's possible to combine the book learning
for other people, formal lessons, and messing around on your own little boat.
Many states have basic boating safety
that are very inexpensive or sometimes even free.
of the world have community sailing programs and sailing clubs or co-ops that help bring the cost of sailing down. Some chandleries, boat yards, boat shows, etc. sponsor
specialized seminars that can be very worthwhile -- stuff like how to take care of an engine
or use radar
Noonsite and Lat 38/Lats & Atts are examples of good websites to fuel
Besides the idea of living aboard
, what sort of sailing would you like to do on your future catamaran
? Are there particular aspects of sailing that are especially attractive?