Very cool guys! Great write up - and great sail!
Thanks smack ..
it was a great time .. still abit weary physically and mentally
but moving forward ..
just read a good post by sailingdog ..
The following skill sets would also be helpful:
Fiberglass repair, especially if you're getting a GRP boat
Plumbing, since there are no plumbers at sea
basic 12 VDC electrical system troubleshooting and repair, also basic 120 VAC if you plan on having a shorepower, inverter or generator system aboard
small outboard maintenance and troubleshooting, since you'll probably have one for your dinghy
Basic splicing of double braid and three-strand ropes
Rigging repair and tuning—at least to the point where you can replace a stay and get the rigging back to where it should be after doing the replacement
and shaking my head .. knowing I am planning on cruising in 4 years .. and realizing the many skills to acquire .. not to mention basic sailing experience ..
and this from a man who believes that one of the greatest inventions ever was the loafer .. cause I couldn't tie my shoelaces ..