Originally Posted by 2Hulls
Well, MG, I think you should do this - maybe multiple times. To this end,
paxfish is exactly right. Get on some small boats and beach cats and sail them and make mistakes. Hopefully you'll capsize a few times to learn the dynamics on a small scale and learn from the mistakes. Mastering small boats, mono or multi, will make you a better cruiser.
I concur on the capsizing. When my son was 8 he took some professional lessons. At age 10, he was still a bit tentative. One day I turned him loose on the Laser in 15 gusting over 20. He returned to the pier a couple of hours later. Crying and laughing at the same time and soaking wet. He had capsized 10 times.
He thought he was on his own (I was watching in a clandestine manner). He figured it out.
Since that day, I've been able to trust him with the helm
of any boat. He feels the wind
, he turns down as the boat accelerates without even thinking about it.
I recommend that experience to anyone....