We took a bluewater, liveaboard sailing class before we bought our boat. Didn't know anything really about sailing before hand. It was a week long course that left out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and cost about 1500 for the week. It was done on a nice 50 ft mono and we really enjoyed learning how to use all the tricks they taught us. We learned what we liked and didn't like about that boat and that alone was worth the money when we shopped for ours later on. We treated the whole thing like a vacation and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Learned a lot of skills that would take years to learn on your own. Blue Water Sailing School - Sailing Lessons, Sailing Courses, ASA Bareboat Charter Certifications
is the place we went to. Good luck.