A mod and her dragon
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: SE Pennsylvania
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Welcome to Sailnet, Daniel.
Being invited on other people's boats is the least expensive way to get into sailing! You don't mention what size boat or what time of year you are going but assuming it's a comfortable size and you're going out in the next week or two, here are some tips:
Pack your own lunch, snacks, drinks, etc. and nothing that might stain the deck if spilled (i.e., no grape juice or anything like that). Bottled water is safest. Your host may provide food but don't expect it. Better to be prepared. Also, pack away your trash.
Wear shoes with non-marking soles.
Make sure that you dress for the weather that DAY, not just for the warmest hours. This time of year it gets chilly quickly and on the water even more so. Take rain gear just in case.
Listen carefully. That is especially important if an emergency crops up. He doesn't need to have to worry about you while dealing with it.
Try not to have anything else planned that day. Not only so your doctor doesn't have to feel rushed and so that you can stay out as long as you can, but because you should be prepared to be tired at the end of the sail depending on how long you're out. Also, as soon as you have a minute, you and your girlfriend should sit down and discuss the day, write down any questions or observations that you had so you can ask the next time you have a minute at work.
Best way to get invited back (and win points with the boss): follow up with a thank you note (hand written is best).
I know I've forgotten something but I'm sure others will chime in.
And...good luck and have a great time!
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