Re: Hello from Venice, CA
I started the same way. Thirty years ago there was a club in MDR called Calypso. I took their 4 lesson course and was then able to rent boats for the day. I started with 27 footers and worked up to 30 footers. Then I bought a Catalina 30 which led to a Catalina 36. I think renting is a great way to build your skills.