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Re: Question about sea sickness...
Motion sickness affects people differently. IMO, the best recourse is to learn how it affects you, and deal with it accordingly. It usually isn't a problem for me, but it can strike when it's rough, and, like you, it also affects me when I go below. If I know it's going to be rough, I'll take a motion sickness pill before leaving the dock. If I'm starting a long passage, I'll take them for the first 2-3 days, even in mild conditions, because, after 2-3 days, I'll adjust to the motion and be OK. If it looks like it's going to get rough, I'll start them again. Modern motion sickness remedies have mild or no side effects, and I'd much rather take a pill than become a useless skipper or crew, lying in my bunk, while others tend to the boat. IMO, there's certainly no reason to be embarrassed by taking a pill that will keep you alert and functioning. If the rough conditions abate, you might start to feel better fairly quickly, but, if the rough conditions persist, it might last until the conditions abate, which could be 2-3 days.