Yesterday was my first day out. I went all the way to the end of the channel (channel is dug deep in sand in a shallow area to lead boats out to deeper water). Our channel must be at least 3 miles long-it's really long! Then I came back. Realized I need trim tabs (flappy things attached to the back of boat to help the boat to plane. If you speed up boats they lift their bow up and I can't see.) Today was an adventure. Took boat out to the end of the channel and kept going. You know, things look way different when you look at them from the other way. I turn around and see nothing- no markers. I thought I saw one but it wasn't. I finally spotted the channel entrance. I think they need a higher tower there. And maybe a bright color. So I drive out a bit and try to anchor-8 times and gave up. So I drifted at a fast clip and cast my fishing pole out a few times. The swells were getting near 2 feet, so I put my vest on. I started back and actually put the safety clip on-if you fall off your chair the boat stops. I was getting wet, but still the swells were mostly a foot and not close to eachother. An occasional 2 feet. Has anyone ever seen a water front boating neighborhood? It's like a neighborhood grid of channels and lots of houses. No signs. I guess I passed my "exit" and ended up way down in the neighborhood around a marina a few miles away. So I turn around and head back out toward the bay wondering where I went wrong. In this grid/neighborhood, there's a speed limit they call "no wake" but should be called a crawl. Painfully slow. I get back out to the bay/ channel and some really nice people guided me back to my marina. And I took notice of what #exit I need to get off next time. So I survived my first and 2nd time out with my boat alone. I couldn't figure out how to unfold the bimini shade so it stayed folded and I got a sun burn.