Thanks, SkiprJohn. I appreciate your kind words. I'm not really new to sailing per se.
As I said, I've been a boater all of my life (got my first little skiff when I was about 8). But most of my experience has been with power boats. I had a few daysailers growing up, and then later had an Oday 20 pocket cruiser
(a great little boat). But my sailing experience has largely been self-taught and intuitive. Meaning I might not know the "proper" way to do everything, but I get there, eventually.
But to become a fulltime cruising sailor, such as I am working on now, there are a lot of things I have to learn, naturally.
So, I very much look forward to tapping into the wisdom of the members of this forum.