Re: Young and looking for knowledge
Good luck with your dream. To learn as much as you can while optimizing your investments in the dream I recommend you choose and build a sailing dinghy. Once it is built put it in the many lakes of Alabama to learn and them take it to the bays along to Gulf Coast and gunkhole in it. You will learn a great many skills for maintaining your cruiser and also about sailing.
Glad you're here. All the best to you.