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Your ONE piece of wisdom...

Perhaps it's spring, but there appear to be quite a few new folks gazing towards the water here on Sailnet. There is also quite a bit of salty wisdom around here as well, and one of the great things about Sailnet is that wisdom, experience and advice are freely shared over long discussions.

For those that wish to partake, here is a space to post the ONE piece of advice that you think is most important to communicate. Only ONE piece of advice allowed and it must be short. The U/W school of medicine has a simmilar tradition, passing information from graduates to newbies. Why so short, why only one? Because like Haiku, it forces the mind to filter out what is not necessary and what is left is pure.

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"Having enough scope out is THE most important aspect in anchoring securely."

Have at it!

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Re: Your ONE piece of wisdom...

Tuck in a reef at the instant if first occurs to you it might be a good idea to do so...
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Re: Your ONE piece of wisdom...

Choose a type of boat that is appropriate for the type of sailing you will ACTUALLY be doing, rather than the type you dream of or plan to do "someday".

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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More people die at the dock than out sailing! Be careful.....Dale

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Re: Your ONE piece of wisdom...

Helm time is crucial.

All the theory in the world is unmatched by being on the water.

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Re: Your ONE piece of wisdom...

Well since JonE stole mine.....


"If you're at anchor and you feel uneasy for any reason, move now - instead of at 3 in the morning..."
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Never approach a dock faster than you're willing to hit it.


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Make sure there is enough air INSIDE the boat so you don't die in your sleep while aboard.
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You start with a full bag of luck and a empty bag of experience, your goal is to fill the bag of experience before you empty your bag of luck
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