As a new season approaches there are probably a lot of new sailors about to make their first trips. I thought it may be nice for them (and us) to benefit from the hindsight of others. Please post your tips on things that you have learned which now seem obvious.
I'll start the ball rolling with water. The 5 litre giant bottles may seem like good value, and are usually the first choice for a new sailor. They are however difficult to pour from into anything but the kettle so now I go for the 1litre sports cap bottles which I can take on deck to drink from or fill the kettle.