In many ways the job of cruising recreational boat skipper
is very different to that of the skipper
of a larger commercial boat
A small boat
cruising skipper, ideally is proficient and possibly the sole provider in such diverse topics as repairs
, sail. plumbing
, outboard) anchoring
, sail trim, medical navigation
etc, etc. only some of these skills are covered under the title of seamanship.
With such a diverse job description its not surprising that any one skipper will exhibit a range of strength and weakness. In a larger boat a skipper can farm out most of the jobs to peripheral personnel, such as engineers or doctors. This is not possible with a small crew.
On CF we tend to hear a lot about the core
values of seamanship and these skills are important, but a small boat
skipper needs to have a diverse breath of knowledge especially visiting remote
Knowing how to treat a medical
problem (and having the equipment) is probably much more important, for example, than knowing how to do celestial navigation
(and having a sextant