I was lucky enough to be in a location with a marine
catering to adults learning
a marine trade
, or for those, like you who have a boat and want to do their own maintenance. I was also apprenticing in a boat yard as a tech so I got the best of all worlds. But I have always valued the class work I got.
But not every place has these and going to a distant school
could be very expensive. I believer there may be some online courses you can take from some trade schools, at least in the US. They are not cheap
The advice of the other posters is good though. The "school of hard knocks" is what some call that approach. Even now when I want to learn about something that I am not familiar with I do internet
searches for videos or commentary (such as on CF here) and gradually pick up the jargon for the subject at hand. The jargon can be off-putting and make you feel stupid or dangerous but often it is just words that mean something very specific for the subject but really very easy to understand once you figure out what they are talking about.
But since you are totally new to this I would also suggest some of the basic books on boat electrical
, diesel engines on boats, steering
systems, wood care, bedding and installation
, etc. It is a long list but what I do is try not to get overwhelmed by all that I don't know and focus on a specific part or actual job at hand and try to get all the info I can on that. After a bit, from reading from different sources, and talking to my mates and vendors, the words start fitting in and I start feeling like I know enough to tackle a job. Beware the well-meaning advice you get from some as it can sometimes be wrong or even dangerous. I take advice and confirm it with other sources unless I have reason to believe the advisor is very skilled and knowledgeable.
One reason I like boats is that they continue to challenge me on what I don't know and it keeps me from getting bored. But it can be frustrating and intimidating at times. Keep at it and you'll be good. And you'll make some mistakes
, hopefully ones you can easily correct, but some you'll regret forever. We all do that though.