Thanks for your reponse!
I know that I will be getting an older boat and don''t mind doing some of the work on it.... Don''t know anything about diesel engines, but I am willing to learn. I am currently in the IT/Electronics field so that should be pretty easy for me. I''m more concerned with the safety aspect of everything. I''ve had basic first aid training every year in the military so i''m pretty sure that I could handle the minor stuff. I don''t plan on going sailing for at least 2 years (working in Germany on a contract right now so I''m kinda stuck here for a little bit) so I have time to take classes and read everything I can get my hands on.