Re: New sailboat owner!
Some of the basic boating safety classes are free or very nominal in cost.
One of the best things you can do is to start meeting sailors, bumming rides on their boats, going to the social events of sailing groups, etc. Not all of their advice will be right and not all of their stories will be strictly un-embellished -- but on balance there are great resources out there.
@ Joellen -- yes, do start a new thread, and it will help if you can give people some specifics about the boat, how you will use it, and how that relates to the equipment (stoves etc.) you want to talk about.