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Trial by fire?

I am contemplating buying a sailboat in the next couple years, but have never sailed before. I have read numerous books on the subject and have grown up around powerboats and on the water. What do you think would realistically happen if I were to buy a boat (27 feet, or in that area) and just get out on the water and tough it out? Are lessons absolutely necessary? I am not intimidated by boats or being on the water and I would be completely comfortable motoring in and out of the marina. Assuming I don't go out in any serious weather until I'm more prepared, is there really anything that can go wrong (I probably shouldn't ask that)? I would appreciate anyone taking the time to point out the flaws in my plan.
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