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Old 05-06-2011, 22:22   #1
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Interesting lesson for "skippers"

I consider myself to be a good skipper. This is not a brag but in order to be a good skipper I must learn something new every day.
Today I learned that not every person who steps aboard a boat has a basic understanding of how a boat operates.
They may tell you that they have been aboard boats for "Years" but unless you check, the results could be less than ordinary.
Like most people on this forum, I sometimes seem to think that everyone can tie a Bowline or a knot but this is not always the case.
This time I caught it. But it could have been a lot worse.
Regards. Shiner
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Old 05-06-2011, 22:34   #2
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Re: Interesting lesson for "skippers"

I always get underway by myself or with assistance of first mate. Once underway, I find an excuse for new crew to take the helm (in uncrowded benign weather the easiest job) while I busy myself with sailing prep keeping a close eye. By the time I diddle around getting rigged to sail, I usually know what to expect of the crew. Remember the boat and crew are always the skippers responsibility, glad your day turned out ok.
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