You might consider taking a coastal navigation course.
You don't say where you're from. TryI've actually kicked this around for a few years now. seems when the time is right to go learn i end up talking myself out of it. this year I am committed to start the training in spring. most of the lessons here are all closed up and boats are coming off of the water.
I did take a few minor classes before over the winter season. marlinspiking and what not.
where would one go for a coastal nav course?
Just do it. Taking lessons is a lot cheaper way to find out if you're going to like boating than buying a boat.I'm from Wisconsin. I actually have the power squadron site for my area bookmarked. Haven't gotten down there to actually join yet. Maybe this is the perfect time to start getting my stuff in order.
Not sure why but I was thinking it would be better to have a boat before joining.