Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Re: Learning from mistakes, ours and theirs.
Interesting read and I'm glad you are safe in the end. The biggest take away has to be your overwhelming desire to make this trip overriding your better judgement. You write of many things you knew very well were not right, before you left the slip. You had to personally clean and paint the bilge? Never checked for spare filters?
A lot of times this is what comes from experience. First you actually make the mistakes even when you "know" better, second time you listen harder to that voice in the back of your mind.
Saying no to yourself can be a whole lot harder than saying yes. I try to always judge an iffy decision by this criteria; If it goes bad, will I look back and say "That was a dumba$$ decision." Or will you honestly be able to say, "I didn't see that possibility?" If it is the former, you need to be judge the risk/reward and be prepared with a plan if it all goes south.
Thanks for sharing your experience.