I gotta hope that either the system lasts for a while, or that God's got my butt, and that I can use my street smarts and perception to skate by.
Sailing class, even on a lake, could be useful. If you can sail a small boat, you can sail a big one. The skills scale up nicely. Marinas are full of cheap boats that need a little work, but are “liveaboard-ready” immediately. Just a thought...of course, you are not close to salt water. But that is how my mind thinks.
You've got considerable ability there. I remember when you were a noob... LOVE the editorials.