Originally Posted by Mknebes
We downloaded the videos you mentioned- they are great! Even my husband watched and learned a few things! He just lays it out so easily with great explanations- just what I was looking for! Got them on the IPad
- taking it with us. Dave finished installing our generator
yesterday so the boat is finally ready and we are heading out for fuel- and lessons, lol.
Wish me luck.
Hope it all went well (on the water). Part of my daytime job is to design sailing courses and teach instructors ow to teach them. One thing I impress upon them is the need to get their students to understand that they need to practice what they have learned on the course (sounds like a no-brainer - but it isn't).
Rewards for practicing are a good thing. AS I noted, make an agreement with your husband that today YOU are the helmsman. Agree which docking/sail maneuvers you will practice. Gain agreement that unless death is imminent, he will let you make your mistakes
(you will - so did he when he was learning).
After the day is over, treat yourself to something both of you really like, a nice dinner, good wine etc. Put a bottle of champagne in the fridge and and promise yourself that when you have performed a certain number of the maneuvers without incident - you'll pop the cork when you go ashore.
That is all to give you some incentive.
And when the day comes that you feel you can manage the boat - invite some girlfriends for a "girls only" weekend. You will then be the skipper
and will be forced to do everything - you simply won't believe how much you will learn form this weekend.
good luck and fair winds