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Yes, a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT course would be an excellent addition to the skill set.
If you plan on having a refrigerator or A/C on your boat, learning the basics of refrigeration/A/C systems might be a good idea, if only so you can figure out what is wrong with the system and have someone repair it.
The more self-sufficient you are, the less expensive it will be for you to own your boat and for you to cruise it... and the further from civilization you can go. This is true of both you and the boat. A good cruising boat will have fairly decent passive electrical generation capability, like a combination of solar and wind, since fueling a generator is just foolish when the wind and sun are free. A watermaker is also a good addition on a lot of long-distance cruising boats...and between a water maker and a good passive electrical generation setup, you can stay out of marinas and harbors for a long time—since electricity, water, food and fuel are the most common reasons for coming into the marina.
Also, make sure that you setup the head on the boat so that the holding tank can be pumped out when you're out past the three-mile limit. My recommendation is to plumb the head directly into the holding tank and then to plumb the holding tank so that it can be emptied by a diaphragm pump through a seacock and through-hull or via a deck pumpout system. In many more remote areas, you will not find pumpout facilities, so having a way to empty the holding tank is a necessity.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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