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Mostly I think it's the experience, insight, and foresight to recognize the "point of no return" is in any maneuver or situation, and take action before that point. Whether it's a lee shore, an approaching vessel, an approach to port, when to shorten sail, whether or not to jibe, when to get a fix befoe the visibility worsens, any number of things, If you think and sail that way, it seems relatively easy; if you don't, it can be a succession of minor to major crises which you didn't see coming until they were upon you.
I know this is a very general answer, but it's a really general question.