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post #2 of Old 01-12-2011
jackdale
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A few words of advice:

"Discretion is the better part of valour" You seem to be there.

"Success teachers nothing." Experience is learning from our mistakes.

"Plan ahead." Get to the mooring fields early. Then relax. In the BVI, you are probably less that an hour way. Study the chart BEFORE leaving the destination, have a plan B. Listen to the weather, watch the barometer.

"Practice, practice, practice." That is also how you get to Carnegie Hall. Practice anchoring when you know you have time. Lots of scope and set the anchor. Practice maneuvers in forward and reverse. When you first get the boat take it out into a clear section and do figure 8's in forward and reverse. See how fast it stops in forward and reverse. Practice docking the boat a few times, They all handle differently.

Reef when you think about it.

Order your lobster in advance. Make reservations.

Hire me as an instructor. I have made all the mistakes (well many).

I am still cautious. The only thing that you can be to cautious with is docking; remember to maintain steerage. A little assertive power is better than none.

Have a painkiller or two for me. Enjoy the lobster. Have a great time.

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