Sounds like a well thought out plan.
One thing to consider is volunteering or working at the sailing club doing maintenance, since that will also give you a head start on the non-sailing side of the skills you'll need for cruising. Learning to deal with engines—both diesel and gasoline; fiberglass repair; electrical work; plumbing; etc, is going to be very useful when you get to the point of owning a boat. The more work you can do on it yourself, the lower the cost of ownership will usually be. You'll also have a better idea of how your boat is setup and how you can fix it when something goes wrong.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
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
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
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