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post #17 of Old 07-22-2008
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Just an opinion, all else being equal

The skipper is the one who is calm, cool, and collected in emergencies. The skipper is not the one who freezes up and can't communicate or decide when the crap hits the air and the chips are down.

The skipper is the one who commands, not requests, in emergencies. Choose for that trait of save your boat by committee.

It helps if the skipper knows what they are doing, which is why I say all else being equal, but you can be a licensed master of the universe and if you freeze when a sheet releases, shroud pops or water appears in the bilge you are a useless skipper more liable to harm than help.
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