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hey gin, welcome to SN.
If you guys are starting completely from scratch and can't sign up for classes - find a captained charter (one that teaches as well) to take you out for a few hours and show you how. With 2, 2-hour lessons I was comfortable enough to take boats out on my own in our lake (i.e. - very sheltered waters). I wouldn't have done the same in open water.
We're now going to be taking the ASA combo courses in the next few months in preparation for coastal cruising. Because once you start - you'll realize it's the most amazing thing ever!
That's what we did and it was a great way to learn the basics very quickly. Reading won't do it. Doing it will.