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Start with a small boat, like the Flying Scott suggestion. That is where you get a feel for what big boats do when pressed really hard. No other place to start. IMHO. Go out in a small boat and get thrown around - it is good to learn that you can loose, and how to avoid that.
Big boats have a whole other skill set, just as important... but different.
If you think you will like catamarans, start with a beach cat. Learn how to sail off the wind in a blow. It is a little different.