Where in America?
Sailing isn''t the only thing you should gear up for. I sail from Channel Islands and I''m amazed at how much trouble people can get into in the coves at the Channel Islands. Sailing to an island, picking an anchorage, checking out your galley away from stores for a week, seeing how your boat handles flys or other bugs, moving from anchorage to anchorage to check out groung tackle handling skills, seeing how you do with your sun shades. these are all importand especially since you will be spending more time doing these things than sailing. Just something to thik about