First off I'm sorry for the previous post, after rereading it I think I ended up venting right after a session, and probably came across a little more wordy than I would like.
I had looked at draftsight very intently, if I remember correctly it was 300 a year which is the same as fusion 360 pro version I believe. It's been a while I can't remember all the differences.
As far as fusion goes, yes there are a thousand choices for any modeling technique that are completely awesome to a newbie like me, and expect their will be good amount of time learning all of these , using the videos from Lars, autodesk, YouTube, etc..
There are five videos that address design intent, and the purpose was to not show any features of the program just describe its purpose or how and why we are designing this way. Videos start off nicely then float again to features , while almost getting to what I want to know. Lars came super close one time but the video was chopped up as he was trying to find a suitable way of explaining. Some of you may have seen it, where he was using the shrub cutters to clip string. While I did learn from the vids, all of them skip somehow that one morsel of knowledge that's needed badly.
Now on the brighter side I bought the fusion black book and it is helping greatly , So far the info is how-to written, so I can relate to what everything does in order.
I don't plan on giving up , and like Abby posted, stick with one model and keep at it till it works. So far my new project is almost worked out, with the difference of seeing solutions- ( sometimes)
My learning method has been to work on a project until i get stuck, then do a search for answers to that particular question. Since I pick up a lot of other relevant hints, I tend to rethink my approach to the project. My first project, a parametric marine racing propeller, has been restarted several times. This involves modeling helical surfaces and is not an easy place to start. I'm still working on the approach.