Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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the little things?
Sailing is an exercise in compromise. Everything about it is a give and take situation. The beauty of being the skipper is that YOU decide which will be the lesser of the evils aboard your boat.
For instance, I wear a Tilley T2 when I''m sailing on sunny days. But there are those who don''t like hats, saying that they block their view of the sails. I accept that loss to prevent my face from getting sunburned. Others suggest sunblocks but I don''t like the greasy feeling on my face...
A little background music goes a long way. Unlike in other situations, it doesnít set the mood, only enhances it. When Iím driving the boat hard, rail down and closing in on a friend up ahead, I like heavy metal to boost the adrenaline level a bit. Itís not played so loud that itís overpowering or creates an unsafe situation. Other times I may play Buffett or Taylor or even classical, depending on the mood. I think itís important though, to play music that all of the crew can enjoy. Personally, I despise ďAlternative RockĒ and being forced to listen to it really sets me off. Iíve found that once one personís moral is down, even if itís the lowliest cabin boy, the rest of the crewís moral is sure to follow. This means that there are times when itís best to just shut the stereo off and enjoy the music of nature.
Some other ďlittleĒ things to keep aboard are warm jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts stowed away in a plastic bag where they wonít get damp. It may be warm ashore but oftentimes itíll be cooler on the water, especially after everyone has had a dousing during the crash to windward. Keep enough and in ample sizes to outfit a full shipís compliment. The same goes for sunglasses and hats.
Keep plenty of bottled spring water and drinking cups aboard. Donít use disposable cups here as they will get tossed overboard. Sodas, juices and even alcoholic beverages may have been what everyone else was thinking but water will cure the thirst and leave less aftermath. If youíre alone, just leave a gallon jug right in the cockpit.
Well, thereís a starter. Have fun!