. 6. Dream about boat diagrams and components. Wake up in a cold sweat and the realization I need to learn to sail. Start reading manuals, learning about basic boat design and operation, subscribe to sailing mags, lurk on forums, and taking free online 'courses'.
Nah, don't worry about learning
how to sail, that is fairly easy.
in general needs learning but that can be done on your own with friends and studying up on books
: Rules of the Road, basic Seaman ship, etc.
Plenty of printed or online lessons.
(Get a chart, learn how to read a chart, find reefs
and shallows, stay away from reefs
As for boat handling in tight quarters: It takes experience to be good at it.
The basic rule
is: Slow is cheap
.. If you are going to hit something, do it at slow speed.
is your biggest enemy initially, try to mentally always calculate how it will affect you in close quarters, anticipate how you could be blown sideways and being caught in currents.
Then practice, practice and practice.
Been there, done that.
Never owned a boat in my life, never sailed a day in my life, then I bought a 44' Bermuda
Yawl in the Virgin Islands
, moved aboard and learned how to boat and how to sail.
Steep learning curve, but every day was exciting.