Welcome to the best of all worlds! I have some experience in this sort of thing. I got started in mid life as a complete landlubber. I had a sort of leg up... my best friend at the time... who got me into this... was a sailor with a boat and so I could pester him for answers. There was no www back then so it was books
and magazines and speaking to people in boat yards. But you don't want to come off like a complete idiot either by asking dumb questions.
I read whatever I could get my hands on. I bought a 36' new boat in 85 the one I presently own and have sailed 50,000 miles by now and single
handed back and forth to the Caribbean
. My boat was new and only needed "tweaking" and gear
or live aboard.
I tried to do everything myself.... planning the project
in detail... taking lots of time... before I did a thing. You will have to (and like) learning
about all sorts of things... boats have it all... plumbing
, electrics, rigging
, communications gear
... joinery and so on. Almost every project
I had to do some part of two or three times to get it right... Sequence is important.
Working at a dock
is way way more convenient than at a mooring
. In winter I in water
store and so I can do projects dockside... In summer on the mooring
it's just more difficult but always doable. And you'll acquire all manner of tools in the process.
I am sure you can sail (day sail) with other sailors on their boats or they on yours... Make a picnic and invite some good sailors! They eat and teach! All is good.
In a few years you'll be sailing wherever you want. And that.... is very cool.