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    Default Captain preparation

    We have discussed preparing the boat, but what about preparing the captain:

    Building experience.
    Qualifications.
    Fitness:
    Mental state: (lift this open for the jokes)

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    Building experience

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    I have extensive building experience, but I'm not sure how applicable it would be - not much call for plastering and brick laying offshore [img]/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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    Default Re: Captain preparation

    Bonjour
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    Building experience
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    Experiment :
    - over-exhausting,
    - cold,
    - under eating or drinking,
    - oversail,
    - over wind,
    - behind breaking sea,
    - near-collisison,
    - near wrecking...

    And try to survive .... experience will come.
    Eric
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    Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire complique ?

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    Default Re: Captain preparation

    Maybe in a concrete boat? [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
    Light travels faster than sound this is why some people appear bright until you hear them

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    Default Re: Captain preparation

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    Mental state:

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    Be sure you are happy with your own company for however long it's going to take.

    Take something along for recreation..at some stage you need to relax.

    A tot can be a suitable reward or relaxer too many tots could lead to disaster!
    Light travels faster than sound this is why some people appear bright until you hear them

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    Default Re: Captain preparation

    Seriously though, experience must be the number one - everything else follows from that. Not necessarily singlehanded afloat, but building up self-reliance outdoors. For example I have always felt that many years of remote area mountaineering has been of huge benefit to my solo sailing - you learn when you have to let things happen, and when to be proactive.

    Go up to Scotland and spend a few days crossing Rannoch Moor on your own - it certainly feels remote!

    Knowing that the only way to get out of the sh*t is to do it yourself is a great concentrator for the mind [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    Fitness is something that fortunately I haven't had to put a lot of thought into, but a passage of couple of days creates discomfort in my back and legs as I get older, as muscles become accustomed to sailing movement.

    Appetite is also a problem for the first few days for me and I have to force the calories down.

    At least knowing these effects allows me to prepare both physically and mentally, and to keep an eye on myself.

    Experience has taught me 2 very important things - carry spare hats and gloves, cos I'm always losing them overboard. And take several spare pairs of specs [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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    Default Re: Captain preparation

    Just set off! If you've prepared the boat properly and have got plenty of drive and a can do attitude everything else will work itself out!

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