I'm surprised this has gone on for 3 pages. The simple answer is yes, self taught sailing is just fine. After all the human race
has been sailing for over 6,000 years now-its just not that difficult.
For those that ask I equate sailing to golf or chess. You can learn enough to get by in an hour, you can spend a lifetime becoming an expert.
Fwiw I'm a full time transient liveaboard
with no sailing experience other than a couple daysail charters prior to buying
our 42' ketch
. It's just not nearly as difficult as people want to pretend it is.