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Old 13-12-2010, 12:38   #31
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Passengers (guests) Cancel and do something else.
Passengers (paying) Stick you nose out abit, then cancel and plan for a later trip.
Safety first. Safety first. Safety first.

The reason for sticking your nose out abit is for the paying passengers on board will understand on how rough it is. 90% will vote for turning around if asked... But you are the Captain and are not running a democracy. The final decision is always yours and yours alone. In fact you shouldn't even have to get underway.

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Old 15-12-2010, 08:04   #32
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check out the site Scuba Diving - New Jersey & Long Island New York - dive Wreck Valley - Dive Sites - Lost At Sea Shipwrecks it has the stories of 4 clamming boats out of NJ who were each faced with a decision to clam or go home when the weather was turning foul. sad to say none of them made it back.

congratulations on your decision. i'd rather be inconvenienced on shore waiting for a ride from a wise captain who cancelled a trip, than be wondering how long i'll survive in a 40 degree sea with no survival suit....(answer: about 35 minutes...)

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Old 22-12-2010, 14:18   #33
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Some days it's easy to be Captain. Some not. In the not department it is always the same. Get used to taking that responsibility, it's not free and the price we pay is what you are feeling. Beware of your own judgement immediatly following an overall increase in your own abilities. That is a time of increased danger. Statisically this is the time that new Captains of all types make the biggest mistakes. In aviation this is when the worst accidents occur. Steady pressure for increased capability coupled with a healthy dose caution is the key. Lastly, You Are The Captain. Defend yourself stoutly when unjustly questioned. It is your right. You have earned it. Nuff said.
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Old 22-12-2010, 14:43   #34
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Well, if you didn't think is was safe and there were no lives in danger....stay put...good call.

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