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1) When dock lines get hard, wash them off then drop them in a bucket with fabric softner & water. They will soften back up.
2) When making a long run/passage, boil water then put it in a thermos(s). It will keep it warm/hot for a long time. We use Folgers drop in coffee for making coffee (not the instant, it is in a tea bag). Little bready snacks, gingerbread cookies, and crackers are great too. Personally, we don't eat that much, but some people get a voracious appetite?!!
3) The best place to lay in the boat in bad seas is the lowest, most centered area. Many people will make lee cloths for a sea berth. Getting a blanket and laying in the cockpit is nice too.
4) Sea-sick patches have to be put on BEFORE (usually 24 hours) you leave. They will likely impair your ability to read or make out small words through your binocs.
5) Everyone gets sea sick. We all just have different thresholds. Don't feel bad about it. Symptoms include: Little lazy. Cold sweats. Watering mouth. I have found the laziness sets in well before the other symptoms, but everyone is different. Once you are sick, the patch does not do much good. Try hand steering. Do not go down below. Cold drinks are nice (Kool-aid, gatorade). Do not get stuck in the cockpit by yourself. When a person is sea sick, their ability to make good decisions is deminished. A sea sick sailor is a liability, so best to take all the precautions you can before you leave rather than tackling them at sea.
6) All freighters, barges and Sea Rays have the right of way, regardless of the rules. "Dead right" is a phrase not practiced at sea twice. Rules of the road are only as good as the people that know them or care to follow them.
7) Always carry a good mask, snorkel and fin. Other than getting to see some nice aquatic life, you never know when you will need to dive the hull.