Welcome. If you've been making your living on fishing boats in the Bering Sea and the NW coast for 12 years you already know more than most people about the conditions that can be encountered in open water
, the need to choose a sound vessel, and the importance of engine
and gear maintenance
So I'll assume you need to know how to make a sailboat go from point A to Point B.
in my opinion are the way to go. ASA
, and US Sailing schools do a good job and can take you through the different levels. Unless you have a friend with a sailboat who happens to be a good instructor, I'd take lessons.
boats is fun, but often as a novice
you're just asked to be rail meat, or assigned to a focused task.
Beyond the knowing how to make the boat move, sailboat systems are a bit different and power consumption
and energy conservation becomes more critical.
Storm tactics can vary.
is the same..it just takes us longer to get there.....how much you picked up as a deckhand
and delivering boats on that topic will determine your learning
curve. Being able to read and interpret weather
maps and long range communications
will be helpful things to learn, after you learn to sail.
The more you learn the more you'll know what needs to be learned...and then at some point you'll say...I'm Ready to go!...
I'm guessing that you are a boat purchase
, maybe some addtional gear
, and a several good lessons away from getting underway.
I'm sure you'll get some good tips here.