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I agree with Post 2, you can learn alot yourself, just by taking small steps. Perhaps get to know the guys around you at the marina, tag along with them, everyone is always looking for day crew. We all start in the same place, I know I did. I bought my first yacht in Sydney with a mate of mine. After we'd taken ownership, nether of use wanted to take it over to the fueling dock !!!!. The total sailing we had done between us was the "test sail" before buying the yacht. After a year of sailing every week end and holidays, we took off on the start of a circumnavigation, first passage 1300 miles Australia to New caldonia. The yacht went up to japan and across the Baring sea to Dutch harbour and then down the west coast to mexico. The buddy I bought the yacht with is now a full time skipper on an 80 footer.
Good luck , you will tingle with enjoyment as you learn more, take the mistakes on the chin and move on. It's amzing what you can tackle if you put your mind to it.