Re: learning to sail
At first, I taught myself with a lot of book reading and web forum input.
Then, I started racing on other people's boats which accelerated my learning curve exponentially.
I did start out on a pretty small, 25 foot boat though. I found it easy to handle alone. Then, I bumped up to 30 feet and I plan to stay there for ease of handling, operating and maintanence cost reasons.
If you're not interested in racing, dinghy sailing will also quickly teach you how to sail. Dinghies require quick responses in helm and sail trim, and these skills translate very well to large, keelboat sailing.
S/V Old Shoes
1973 Pearson 30 #255