Originally Posted by xymotic
.....How do you people get 'experience'???....
By pushing the envelope of your personal minimums when conditions are right. How far offshore, how much wind, how large seas, etc. Everyone should know what they feel capable of taking on.
Then you push one at a time. You may venture further offshore, but only when weather looks good. You may do your first docking in the dark, but only in calm wind. You may head out in 30 knots of wind, but may not get too far away from safety that first time. And the best way is to have someone with you that is experienced for your first crack.
You push one at a time, not all at once.