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post #6 of Old 08-05-2010
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Some of the things that I would want a crew to know inside and out before setting off voyaging would be- Boat handling, Sail trim,Rules of the road, Weather, Routing, Boat husbandry, repair and maintenance,Diesel/ gas engine maintenance and repair, First aid, Heavy weather tactics,Legal restrictions on leaving and entering foreign countries,Navigation, (Celestial, piloting, dead reckoning and electronic),Provisioning, Radio operations,Safe and dangerous fish to eat,Sail trim, Emergency and Survival skills.

But beyond that some people have a natural aptitude for handling themselves and those around them offshore. They have an ability to enjoy the good parts and uncomplaningly deal with the less than wonderful. They can live without sleep and warm food. They can quickly grasp and size up all aspects of sailing a boat at sea. While experience helps most folks, there are people for whom no amount of experience will make them a good skipper or member of an offshore crew. If you are one of these folk, its okay. That is what daysailing and coastal cruising was invented for.


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