Originally Posted by edsailing
the one thing you get to know from experience is that there's so much more to learn!
As a skipper, always put the safety of your crew first, the boat second and the rest of the world comes last.
How true, how true!
We recently had lunch with an old non-cruiser friend. We were talking about attending a few seminars on boat maintenance and upkeep for our power catamaran, when our friend asked why we were doing it; "as if you need to." I think that attitude is a good pointer towards the difference between a relatively safe arrival at one's destination and the need to call for help.
Many years ago I was cautioned, "be sure you can tell the difference between 10 years' experience and one year's experience repeated ten times." In all areas, that's a good caution to keep in mind. Our travels have been strewn with mistakes and surprises and new things learned. Unavoidable, just as long as we avoided complacency (we didn't always!)