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I think your experience will vary depending on the instructor. If you sign up for a number of days with just one instructor (see the post above as an example) you'll have a great, or good, or not so good, experience depending on the instructor, his/her teaching methods, your learning style, and the weather front (or lack of front) that dominated those days. You might consider a series of "day" lessons somewhere, where you get different weather, instructors, and situations over time.
I say this as a part-time weekend instructor who takes students out for just a few hours each time, so maybe I'm biased. And that approach, by definition, won't work for coastal cruising, where the crew is the same for a few days. I don't know the schools discussed above, this is just a general observation.