Being a mec-an-ic you have the advantage over a lot of newbies with a bonus.
The sailing part is the EZist! It's learing how to fix all the little problems that plage sailboats. You're already a Seaman, just need to learn the wind
and the dynamics of what makes the sailboat move. And with a partner with all that experiance and female to boot, your way ahead of most of us.
And sailboats are smaller inside compaired to power of equal length. But being closed in like you are, that shouldn't be a problem.
I don't envy where your at, had a chance to do it myself back in the 70's but on Navy
pay. No thanks!
But ended up in Alaska
for awhile. Maintenace/Machinist/Toolmaker is my specialty as well.
Is there a picture on ya'all's bergie? Just curious!
Well, keep your feet warm/dry and drink plenty of water