Cruisers end up needing to diagnose or repair rigging, sails, diesel engine, electric motors, steering system, electrical issues, and everyone's favorite, toilet issues – it's probably a good idea to have at basic knowledge of some of those systems, even if you're all thumbs. It's intimidating, and we definitely started behind the curve. Starting with reliable systems helps. YouTube has made it easier. Classes are an option. Another winner: be That Person who asks their dock neighbor to tag along for oil changes, rig inspections, solar panel installation, or winch servicing. You'll be more ready to troubleshoot when the ice machine breaks!