Re: "I hope this guy hasn't bought his boat and died."
I should have tempered my response with, I had some limited dinghy sailing experience and have significant power boating
I also started with all the help I could get from other sailor's and started sailing in very nice weather
conditions close to shore.
I don't think it's very realistic to compare sailing with flying a plane but you are quite right that if you are not careful in assessing your own skills you will likely get yourself into a great deal of trouble of the serious kind.
That being said I bought my boat n Kingston, un-stepped the mast
myself. Then motored up the Trent through 44 locks unscathed. I did have a shifter linkage break in a lock but was able to fix that on the spot. I then sailed on an almost daily basis learning
on my own over the past year.
I still have a lot to learn and never turn down advice. I am very carful picking my weather
window as I still have much learning
The truth is although I'm not recommending or advocating this approach, it can be done as long as you take baby steps to acquire your skill set and don't get cocky.
Finally, I'll probably take some lessons next year as I like to learn. I didn't take them this year because I spent a lot of cash on the boat, the survey
relocation, initiation fees
. I'm a man of modest means
and don't have unlimited funds.