Go for it. Map reading, route
planning, supplies. No sailor can teach you anything about those subjects. I sailed a 31ft Cat with no previous experience, and only one iffy moment caught by bad weather
. With my 21ft day sailor there's a couple of tweaks I can recommend.
Add some washing
line to the foresail halliard so you pull the jib down without leaving the cockpit
. The main is easy to do.
With a rope
and bungey rig the tiller so it stays where you put it. That gives you time to tend to other things, like sail trim, coffee etc.
I would STRONGLY recommend a tiller pilot (an actuator (piston style)) that holds the boat on a set heading. Needs a car battery
panel and is then self sufficient.
Use paper charts
to start with. Two sheets
of clear plastic cut to folded map size and hinged(tape) on one edge provide a weather proof cockpit
system. These GPS things don't give the detail of water depth
unless you zoom in tight. Charts
show you where you have to avoid. I also biro marked mine with max currents above and below direction arrows with hours +/- to high tide at my marina because that was a time I was usually aware of without having to check tide tables.
. 4hp does my 21ft nicely. Too heavy for a small dinghy, and nowhere to put a small dinghy. Canoe, the fat ones, seem easier to store on board, and go on a car roof.
The boat can then be left on moorings and yo have the option to anchor
and paddle ashore when touring.
Expect a water speed of 4kts for that boat and look at where that will get you in one day against the tide.
Camping stoves with the little aerosol cylinders are not great. Caravan ones are better.
Cast iron fry pan will cook everything, great breakfasts! Add a pan for boiling spuds and a whistle kettle. Sorted.
I would also suggest hand held Radio
and GPS. They are expensive items that thieves love to pick up.
And a spare anchor in a cockpit locker makes a handbrake when needed. Tie the loose end onto something! It won't overcome a full set of sails, but it will slow things down a bit. Bucket on a rope
helps in deep water, maintains a generally downwind direction too.
? Much cheaper than living ashore, finding the right Marina is hard though.
All the very best to you.