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Personally,

I always do a 15-20 minute indoctrination whether it is one or all of the crew that never sailed with me. Covering where the pumps are, fire extinguishers are, electrical cut-offs and my emphasis on one going overboard.

It does two things:

1. Generally - gives an general idea, though they will grasp it casually, but in case of distress that memory wakes the heck up.

2. they at least know what to expect, if you indoctrinate them.
Self preservation is more about being armed with the knowledge that it is striking fear.

I invite anyone that just takes strangers out or has the occasional never did it before - to have a safety briefing before hand and allow others to have to routinely go through it. Personally, do it anytime you go underway regardless how much you trust the crew. You never know when the worst happens as sailing and life will rear that ugly head when you least think it should matter....
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When getting off the boat, at a place where the life lines are up, make sure both legs are on the outside of the life lines before stepping to the dock.
You may find it better to either walk to the middle of the boat so you can hold the shrouds or lower the lifelines to make getting off the boat safer.

Let me get the boat secure before attempting to get off.

Come to think of it why is everyone so anxious to get off the boat?
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What do you do with the toilet paper?
Some heads don't process toilet paper too well. Those of us who have had the fun job of taking a head apart due to a tp clog don't want to do it again any time soon. We put tp in a plastic bag that gets thrown out when we get ashore. Startling to the newbies, but much nicer idea then taking apart a head and plumbing.

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Some heads don't process toilet paper too well. Those of us who have had the fun job of taking a head apart due to a tp clog don't want to do it again any time soon. We put tp in a plastic bag that gets thrown out when we get ashore. Startling to the newbies, but much nicer idea then taking apart a head and plumbing.

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Good to know. We have a porti potti and use the RV toilet paper...and it's hubby's job to maintain. We'll have to keep that in mind for our next boat.

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If I want them to help with docking after a sail then I'll start off with a demonstration of how step off the boat with a line, using the opportunity to establish the rule about not jumping under any circumstance and why, then demonstrate how to put a turn around a cleat to stop the motion of the boat, followed by a demonstration of a tie off with a few practice turns. I've learned it's one thing I can never adequately explain once I've cast off, it needs to be demonstrated. It's also something easy to learn and seems to empower newbies.
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Sit down, shut up and hold on... no seriously. I go through the basic functions of the boat INCLUDING use of the head if they're newbies. I explain that PFD's are required on our boat when outside of the cabin unless it's dead calm. The water is 50F around here and will kill you quick. I explain about the heeling and the function of the keel and how things work on the boat. i usually have them helm when we clear the headlands or help with trimming. If they get into it, I start instructing them on getting faster and more efficient on sheet handling during tacks or jybes. They all seem to enjoy it. If they just wanna sit and enjoy the ride, that's fine too.
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Anyone have a good trick to keep the mother in law off boat?
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