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Well, I guess that depends greatly on 1) the confidence you have in your own seamanship, 2) the confidence you have in your crew should you be brained by the boom, and 3) the confidence you have in your maintenance and safety procedures.
Your own mind is either exhibiting a reasonable apprehension based on the factors you can't be expected to control (like weather and other idiot boaters), or guilt over the things you've had every opportunity to address, but haven't (like a dodgy thru-hull).
On days when "reasonable apprehension" is in play, I sometimes throw up my breakfast, because I HAVE been present when yard workers have dropped my boat in an egregious and avoidable manner. My knowledge of what could go wrong is influenced by what has already gone wrong...and might again.
On the other hand, I've left harbour under some pretty foul conditions, where just motoring out without clipping some rich guy's barbeque has been a challenge, but once under sail, I've been quite happy, puke-free and at peace, because I know I have a good vessel in good running order, and I feel competent enough at sea to focus on the series of events in a typical voyage...like cleaning up the hurl from my son, who should listen when his parents say "get on deck!"
It really comes down to this: If you are apprehensive, it is probably more seamanlike than being over-confident or even cavalier. The sea has great potential for mischief, but that potential is rarely realized with the prepared sailor.