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Should I spend thousands on lessons, or....
Good gravy. I've seen this question asked a million times. The answer...OR...
Here's the deal, let's say you drop a poopwad of cash on a crash ASA course...101-115. Is that going to make you a sailor? No.
Sailing doesn't take money. It takes time.
I've reeled in over 1,500 miles of offshore experience. What did I pay? $0.
How you ask?
You learn everything you can about sailing. Then you make sure you're not a complete buttmonkey. Then you whore yourself out as crew for off-shore races in your area.
If you are, indeed, not a buttknuckle, and you know enough to only make pretty small mistakes, and the skipper likes you...you keep going out...for free. The skipper treats you well - because you add something to the boat. And you learn A HELL OF A LOT.
It's simple. You only pay thousands of dollars to become a "sailor" if you're a complete peckerpimple. Otherwise, you go sailing with dudes that know how to sail.
Or you buy a dinghy/beachcat...that'll do it too.