Actually, some of the courses, while a lot of work are fun as well.
depends a lot on the instructor.
I would look at taking a comprehensive course as an investment in going forward on cruising long-term. A good course will give you a very solid foundation of knowledge and skills... but you still need to practice them regularly or they'll fade out... USE IT OR LOSE IT so to speak.
BTW, I generally recommend that couples take their courses separately... since, in many couples one will be dominant and the less dominant partner will not learn as well or as much in many cases.
As for the differences between a Catamaran and a monohull... not too different, but you do have to be aware that there are some differences that can get you killed if you don't know them. For instance: Multihulls tend to reef sails for the gusts rather than the average wind speeds like monohulls do. The multihull can't bleed off the excess wind in a gust by heeling, so, you have to set the sailplan up for the peak speeds or run a serious risk of overpowering the boat.
A good book, though a bit dated, that points out quite a few of these types of issues is Mike Mullen's Multihull Seamanship.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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