The learning curve for becoming a cruiser seems very steep. George and I know how to sail but there are many, many things we do not know about our new boat. There are systems that are totally new to us: fresh water system, "gray water" system, "black water" system, electrical system, battery banks, Diesel engine, navigation system, refrigeration, through hulls and more. It would be easier if we were near the boat and could get to know it gradually. But, it is in another state and it hasn't been convenient to go and visit this winter. We have been studying the material that came with the boat in an effort to prepare. Most of it, though, goes right over my head. I have also been reviewing the material we used when we took classes in the BVI three years ago.
It has been really hard for us to motivate ourselves to study the material so we set up a schedule to work on it together three days a week for an hour. Yesterday, as it was snowing once again (in late March!!!), I got out the study materials and put in another hour.
I belong to a wonderful FaceBook group called Women Who Sail. The women in the group are knowledgeable, supportive and kind. I recently learned through the group that a two day workshop called Cruising Women will take place next month just an hour from here. I am so excited to be able to register and have an opportunity for more hands-on learning.