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I really appreciate all the thoughtful replies. Some real time and effort went into your answers, and they are great. When you're not from a sailing family, or have much experience of your own, its easy to read the stories and guides and begin to think you need to be 10 feet tall in a 70ft boat with 50 years of experience to do lots of bluewater sailing – or you're a crazy fool. And it's discouraging. You being to make lists of things to learn, and time to practice, and stuff to buy, and it's easy to think you will never be ready. On the flip side some stories and people will tell you to just start sailing east in the first dinghy you can find, that you dont need anything. That everyone else are ninies. Of course most reasonable people will understand the truth is between those two poles. But then the devil is in the details. Do I need an autoinflating life raft if I have a dinghy? Competant sextant skills if I have a GPS? – on and on and on infinitem – and no experience to base those decisions on because you dont want to go too far in your boat without those answers.
This site, and threads like this, and most of all the people with the experience and comitment to spend the time to answer questions and participate, is awesome. Awesome in the most literal definition of the word, I am struck with awe.
To sum up, your guys rock, thanks.