Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
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I'm a career infantry officer with all the associated boy scout badges (Airborne, Ranger, etc.), and this is what being an infantryman taught me that has helped me with sailing. (All are observational, but related to experiences and training and education I've recieved as a soldier.)
* It can always be colder, and it can always be wetter. What you have now is good. So there is no reason to whine.
* Yes, you *can* eat that.
* Knots matter.
* Sunrise is not to be missed. (On average I see the sun rise about 350 days out of the year.)
* Sleep is over-rated. If you are an 18 year old male, you can get by with six hours, in one or two hour pops per 24 hours. If you are a 30 year old male, you can get by with five and willpower, for extended periods of time. If you are a 40 year old male, you can get by with four, but will need naps. Sleep when you're dead.
* Put your trust in people, not hardware. When a person proves untrustworthy, even once, give them a second chance after about a decade. When a piece of hardware proves untrustworthy, get rid of it.
Hope this helps.