Re: If you were in my shoes...
You asked about where to learn about boat electrical
"Maine Sail" is a nickname for a highly respected contributor to this and many other boards. He posts regularly on sailboatowners.com, and many of his articles are included in this link. He also has his own website noted in the intro.
Electrical Systems 101
Good luck. I'm sure there must be at least one skipper
from Colorado who is "out there."
Catalina 34 #224 (1986) C34IA Secretary
Cowichan Bay, BC, (Maple Bay Marina) SR/FK, M25, Rocna 10 (22#) (NZ model)