1) Get out all the clothes you'll need and put them on the bed
2) Get all the money
you'll need and put it on the bedside table.
3) Take half the clothes and twice the money
On a more serious note, the one thing every Admiral/First Mate/whatever must take is the ability to operate the vessel by herself should disaster befall the Captain
. There is no excuse for not possessing that knowledge.
I once knew a guy who got seriously injured while coastal sailing. Neither his wife or either of his two children
even knew how to work
. He finally got rescued, but death might have been an appropriate reward for being such a control freak.
How commonly do you see the female crew on a boat
up on the foredeck trying to fend off pilings and attach lines, while the male is behind the wheel
using his superior upper body strength to push levers back and forth?
Lastly, having worked some years at a marina in the Florida Keys
, I have come to the opinion that most women
, given a chance, can handle a boat better than most men
. When I expressed that to a young guy I was training
as a dock
hand, he asked why I felt that way.
Why? Because women
feel no need to be macho, they just want to park the boat.
Ladies, if you prefer to leave boat operating to your husband, who's going to get him to shore when he's unconscious? What if you have children
on board, or non-sailing guests?
NO EXCUSE FOR IGNORANCE!
Sorry for the diatribe, but this is something both my lady and myself feel strongly about.
I'll get off my soapbox now.