You are getting some EXCELLENT advice in this thread (and the other).
Nearly everyone here has some experience sailing on an ocean at least a little bit. If you are hearing certain points repeated, there's a VERY good reason for that.
No one here is a "naysayer" who will try to talk you out of achieving your dreams. Indeed, it's quite the opposite...advice based on a likely path to success.
With that in mind, when Adam "Godot" tells you to learn slowly, and build an experience base over time, he is giving you the path most likely to succeed. On the sea, "experience" counts much more than "knowledge."
And here's why.
I'd like to make myself a small checklist, of sailing skills, so when I go I know I'm ready.
"Heaving to / Laying ahull. Check.
Tacking & Jibing. Check.
Close-haul, beam reach, broad reach, running downwind Check."
I just can't imagine what else I need to know/practice before I head out over the big bluewater!!
which tells me that you don't even know what questions to ask (yet). You can't imagine what you need to know?
What am I missing here?!!!!
A lot. I don't mean that as an insult, but in the hopes that you slow down and listen to those with EXPERIENCE, big or small.
I don't see what else needs to be learned here.. I'm not trying to be rude, I'm just going to get to the bottom of this.
A lot. I will give you a few links in a moment that might be food for thought for you.
And, lol, how the f that dude ended up crashed on the shore... how... the f?!?!?!? I mean, seriously, how.. He must of been handicapped.
No sir. The sea does not care how much you think you know. Poop can hit the fan at any second. That's where "experience" comes in ... you HAVE to react to things as second nature as Adam and others have described.
As others have offered examples, I'll give one of my own. I once spent 9 hours aground because I misread a tide chart....I read "Low Tide, 0600" when the 0600 line went with HIGH tide.
We ALL make mistakes. Some of us are lucky enough to survive them and learn from them. The sea does not care one way or another if we get that opportunity.
I've just been reading so much, it all seems so easy, I don't get how people can f up unless a massive storm or wave overtakes them or their navigation or other crucial equipment fails...
Sailing on the ocean is not "easy." The basic mechanics of sailing are not hard. Tacking, gybing, etc...that is the easy part, unless you are exhausted, cold, hungry and terrified.
Other stuff can be MUCH harder than even the basics.
I suggest you watch a few offshore sailing videos..."With Jean Du Sud Around the World
" and the movie that chronicled Jesse Martin's solo circumnavigation (and in parts shows him TERRIFIED)
and a few others. These show a few things you might need to deal with beyond getting the boat to go in the direction you want to go.
Some of these things have been discussed here before. There are no "pat answers," we cannot give a pat list to tell when you are ready.
Here's a previous discussion:How much experience is enough?
and within that discussion....a "Checklist" of sorts that shows some...only some...of the kinds of things you might consider for 'being ready.' None of this has anything to do with how to trim the sheets.Have you done this?
That list is not meant as a checklist to show when you are ready to head offshore....but if you answer "no" to too many of those, you might SERIOUSLY think about whether you have enough experience.