I'm relatively new at this, but isn't it normal to spend a little time getting to know your boat before you attempt to cross an ocean on her?
Yes, it is... but not everyone subscribes to that belief. Look at Abby Sunderland... massive FAIL...and she didn't have her boat more than two months before she left on her circumnavigation, and had to restart because of her lack of knowledge on how to manage the electrical demands aboard Wild Eyes. Heather Neill is another great example...spent all of her time fitting the boat out and almost none sailing it—and FAILED two days from departure. Took a massive hit on the boat as well. Most of the ones who don't subscribe to the belief have failed.
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.