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Middle age crazy or what????
Oh dear, when I see the word schooling, I think back to the months before we went cruising. All those books, books on top of books. All that information running through my head, none of it matching up. If you read about good nutrition, you will basically get the same truths, eat a diet based on whole grains, high in vegtables, and low in fat. When you read about cruising, you get a million different opinions.
Take for example, one author stressing that you should take one dress suit and proper shoes. After arriving home, three years later, the suit was finally unpacked, never once used underway. Also, another author said they wished they would have never left home without their pasta roller. Since I already owned one, I took it. Used twice, once to make pasta and once to wring water out of a shirt. Both times, disaster.
If you want to go, go. You need a decent sea-worthy boat, a gps, charts, food and water. All the other goodies are options, not necessities! Of all the goodies, we found radar for night sailing and a good auto pilot priceless. However, these two goodies eat power so you need to look at boosting those areas. The more you take the more complicated it gets.
You can join every program, study every weather chart, and earn your captains license and still not be ready for extended cruising. In fact, it takes about a year of cruising just to get the hang of cruising. You should cruise the way you want to instead of how a course or how-to manual dictates.
Except you do need to give way to Mother Nature, and stay in when the weather is bad. I hope you get it together and get out of here. Cindy