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Old 02-08-2007
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A couple of things... don't forget to wear a PFD and a harness if the wind and weather gets nasty... and don't forget to file a float plan with a friend or family member.

As you get more familiar with the boat, and more used to handling her by yourself, start trying to deal with higher winds, and bigger seas. If you do this intentionally, it will give you a lot more confidence when Mother Nature throws the stuff at you when you're not expecting it.

Also, get used to reefing the sails, and practice to the point where you can do it relatively quickly—in less than four minutes or so—so you will be able to do it without problems when you need to. Also, if you're ever thinking about reefing... it means you probably should have already... it is easier and safer to reef when you don't need it than it is to leave the boat overpowered and difficult to handle.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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