I didn't preference by background to the question so apologize for that. I am not an experienced sailor. I took sailing lessons on a 37 foot, steel hull, center cockpit back in the 90s and didn't do much after that. I think another question I would have had on another thread was is a boat like the Farr mentioned forgiving enough to let someone with lack my lack of experience to grow into to? Given that I do everything I can prior, retaking lessons on other boats....
I did not realize that you are relatively new to sailing. That somewhat shines a different light on this. I will start with the specifics of the Farr 2 tonner. I would suggest that the best way to metaphorically think of the Farr 2-tonner is to think of a 1970's era grand prix Formula 1 race car. Although slower, harder to drive and more dangerous to drive at speed than a modern Formula 1 car, none the less, in the right hands, it is still capable of being driven at very high speeds with a lot more safety than your average daily driver. And no matter how capable the Formula 1 car is at speed, it would make a really poor Drivers Education vehicle.
The Farr 2-tonner is somewhat the same way. At one time, this particular boat was racing at the very pinnacle of world class racing and winning major international events. It has a lot of tools that allow it to sail fast and well in light weather or heavy conditions. That comes with a price. Boats like these requires a higher level of skill to safely sail in a broad range of conditions. The skills required would include an intimate knowledge of sail trim and boat handling. In reality looking at the spectrum of sailors who are out there, including many if not most very experienced sailors, it is pretty rare to find that understanding of sail handling outside of experienced racers.
The point being, these old grand prix racers are a very poor choice for a beginning sailor. But beyond the technical issues with an old grand prix race boat. Plus this is a big boat. I am a technical adviser to a couple who do Youtube Videos. At one point they introduced me a couple who just started sailing and bought their first boat. They proudly told me that the bought a new 52 foot serious cruiser and that they planned learn to sail to sail it over the summer and then sail it around the world and wanted to know what my thoughts were. I suggested they buy a cheap small boat to learn to sail on, and sail the living daylights out of that boat for a year, before doing anything major with the big boat. That they will learn much quicker sailing a small boat and much more safely. And then I went on to say that even if they had to donate it or even just give it away, they would save a lot of money and time vs using the big boat as a learning platform.
They replied that they thought that big boats are safer than small boats, and my response was, 'No matter what kind of boat you are on, things will go wrong while you are learning to sail. With a small boat you can often man-handle your way out of trouble but on a big boat, serious and expensive damage is more likely to occur. And way more important than that, the kinds of minor errors that are likely to simply beat someone up on a small boat, is way more likely to maim or kill you on big boat. "
Now then, you are not proposing something that is as irrational as those folks, and it sounds like you have more reasonable expectations for the learning cycle and long term sailing agenda. As sailors there is no one right level of knowledge that everyone ascribes to. Minimally, I suggest that to safely operate a boat, a skipper needs to understand very basic sail trim and boat handling, very basic engine trouble shooting, the rules of the road, basic piloting and navigation, basic first aid, and maybe how to use a vhf radio. There are sailors who have crossed oceans with little more than that.
But for others of us, there is a desire to truly understand all of these areas, and a lot more topics, at a very high level of proficiency. They spend years building skills so that they become natural to who they are.
Most sailors are arrayed on a spectrum between those two extremes, and there is nothing inherently wrong with aspiring to any level of knowledge with that range as long as you understand the limits of what you know and do not purposely put yourself and your crew in harms way by doing things that are way of above your skill level. These comments are in no way meant to put you or any new sailor down. Everyone of us had to start somewhere at the beginning.
So considering where you say you are, you would be well served to read everything that you can get your hands on, watch YouTube explanations of the various aspects of learning to sail, come to places like this with questions that help you better understand those things which may seem counter-intuitive, and get and sail the living daylights out of a small enough boat that you can quickly develop the skills to safely manage a bigger boat. While you may be able to learn the very most basics of sailing on a 37 foot steel hulled center cockpit cruising boat, it would take a lifetime to learn to sail well on a platform like that. You would be way ahead starting with a 23 to 27 foot, well used, light to moderate weight, fin keel, spade rudder, sloop rigged production boat. Around here you can get serviceable boats fitting that description for free or almost free. You will need to put some sweat equity into them and store them, but its a great way to start if your goal is to learn quickly.
If your goal is to live aboard, then I suggest that you start with two boats, one to live on and one to learn on. In the long run that will turn out to be the least expensive way to go.
Those are my thoughts for the morning, but for nowI need to get back to work,