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Don't let the fact that it is a delivery force you to sail in conditions you think aren't safe. Sailing to a schedule is a bad idea as a general rule. A lot of times, a delivery captain is interested in making his delivery deadline, and not whether the conditions for making a passage are safe.
Also, get to the boat as early as you can and familiarize yourself with all of the systems as much as possible. Knowing where the throughhulls and various switches for different systems is key, especially in an emergency, when panic is about to set in.
Also, make sure you know where the various emergency equipment is stored on the boat... lifejackets, flares, epirb, liferaft, fire extinguishers... etc. You probably won't need them, but if you do...and don't know where they are...it's a serious problem.
One of my friends, who does a lot of deliveries, brings a small backpack that has his personal gear, that he won't sail without, including his harness, tether, PFD, binoculars, hand-bearing compass, flashlight, sunblock, sunglasses, and such. Not a bad idea, I do much the same myself.
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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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