Well said Michael. I agree with you and Cam on this one.
The board tends to answer the question the way they would do it, and sometimes not answer the question as asked.
It is all fine and good to start with a Sunfish, move to a Laser, then 25', then 30', then 36', and finally buy the 40' cruiser you want to work on for 3 years before setting off on the journey you may never take. However, if you are 60 years old that is a lot of boats to squeeze into a couple of years
People can and do learn on bigger boats all the time. If your horizon is short, you better practice on the boat that will take you where you are going....before you go.