Hi Ice dog
Sailing is a great reward for a hard life. It's no holiday though. My wife has lost
her sight in one eye and we work
well as a 2 person crew. Planning and preparation is the key. Just remember that perceiving distance can be an issue. It's important to try to keep the matter to the front of your actions, calling distances etc is a great plan.
Make sure that your boat
is kept in good order. Your motor
must start every time. Remember that the most dangerous part of any trip is the first 30 metres and the last 30 metres, ie when you are mooring
. As long as you are paying close attention to reliable weather
maps, you probably will have no problem during the rest of the trip. When the weather
report says 40% greater, believe it.
Avoid lee shore sailing close by.
Don't think "blue water"sailing until you can tie a bowline with your eyes shut, hanging upside down and with a fire-hose directed at your face.
Sailing is not difficult; it's dealing with the unexpected that's the problem. Risk management is a good idea. Motoring in marinas
and shallow water can lead to problems. Dinghies are risky, getting on, getting off, overpowering them, breakdown, shore breaks, overloading and more.
Don't drink and sail, ever.