.....I don't look like an idiot and the powerboats give me the right of way.....
I suppose your experience will vary but we sailed on a very light traffic day. Power boats we did see were very considerate.
Your concerns are valid. I'd have sailed for the first time with or without the internet. I'd have read more books. I really posted this for others to rejoice with me, maybe laugh at the (my) ignorance and help them remember their first time out.
Honestly my mistakes on Friday probably would have happened without ASA courses but I learned valuable "stuff".
#1 wear a floating glasses band lest ye hit your head on the railing while pulling the engine start cord, knock your $820 prescription (I'm not kidding) glasses off, then pay a diver $100 to find them in 15ft deep water.
#2 would have avoided #1.... at least that day...... Test run your engine so you get familiar with it and find things like an idle screw that's set too low killing the engine every time you close the throttle. This made taxiing to the dock frustrating for the sixteen times I started the engine....
All, we're hoping to go out Friday, clear - low winds, spend the night onboard (cool
) and sail Saturday till about 2pm, clear 6-8mph winds.