Boat forums are great places to learn all things boats. They are also a place where you will find a lot of very opinionated persons who think that they are always right and know everything. There are also, the majority, who are just like you asking questions and looking for answers. Get started by visiting forums to see what that forum is all about. Some are aimed at cruisers other at sailing and so on. You might want to set up a new email account just for your boat stuff, because once you join groups and follow boats etc. you will start getting a lot of email and having a separate boat email helps keep things sorted.
Links to Boating Forums - Join these and other forums, they are a wealth of knowledge and will be a huge help to your success
- Cruisers & Sailing Forum - This is one of the biggest and a good place to start. Notice the "Search" feature. You will be amazed at what you find.
- Sailnet - Every thing about sailing.
- The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum
- YBW.com - Yachting and Boating World Forums
- BoaterEd - Power boat oriented
- Cruiser Log Forums
- SFSailing's Forums
- Boat Design Forums
- Sailboat Owners Forum
These should more than get you started, but keep in mind that there are also niche forums where enthusiasts get together. Some are on Yahoo forums and others are just some organization gathering place, like Marine Electric Motors. There are also many blogs that are rich in boating knowledge, so as you travel the internet be sure to bookmark and categorize your links they will be very useful as you acquire your boat and start sailing.