Lots of different ideas.
So of course, we have ours as well.
1. Log every sailing experience,
2, Learn and practice coastal navigation
, and even how to use a sextant
. And of course GPS
. Use all aspects of navigation not just depend on electronic aids only.
3. Stand watches, set schedules, be aware of traffic situations, and weather
changes, know sail trim, reef down early, learn to marine weather
, and how to get forecasts, and also by wind
direction, clouds, and looking at the sea state. Take a really good marine
5. Good plan to learn how to fix boat problems, including all boat systems, engines, heads, fresh water
, standing rigging
, all pumps, the list goes on and on, etc.
6. Take longer passages, coastal or off shore, and keep pilling on those experiences.
7. Practice all different methods of anchoring
hook, bow and stern and bahamian more, and when to use them. And of course mooring
pickups, and docking
learn to do these undersail, as well as power. Some areas you will be cruising will med moor to the dock
, and use pilings.
8. understand fully SKIPPERS RESPONSIBILITY for the boat and everyone on board.
, if you enjoy it, why not. Go for it ! But, my experience with racing skippers, was opposite of my attitude on safety
and good seaman ship and common sense. Plus all the screaming and cursing, and after the race
, complaining and protesting, etc. They get people hurt and at the after race
party brag about that, or blowing out sails
, breaking something, etc.
Not all racing skippers are what I have experienced. Watch the America's Cup crews, all calm collected, and professional, and racing the big boys. There are other racing skippers in the Y.C. races that are excellent. And you will learn sail trim big time as well as racing tactics.
9. I like taking your sailing classes
with different instructors, and learning
every thing that you can from all of them, and put all that into practice.
10. You need to get our there and sail, a lot, and in rough weather, and use different sail plans to handle those conditions. Get your crew accustom to rough weather sailing, and safety
harness, and tethers and jack lines.
11, Learn to read reefs
, and shallows,and what navigational aids you will be experiencing in different countries. And use and study cruising guides
ahead of time, and be prepared.
Might even get some experience bare boat chartering in different cruising grounds that prepare you sailing in totally different conditions that home ports
. Maybe the BVI
As to the insurance, you are getting great advice from the other posters. But the best thing is not to need to file a claim, and keep you and your vessel and crew safe and happy by using your knowledge and good seamanship.