I have been talking about the three rules of boating with my cruising students. I just watched a video of a couple prepping for an ocean passage and I like what they said on the subject. So I modified my rules of boating. My official "Three rules of boating" are now:
1) Don't hit anything.
2) Keep the people on the inside of the boat.
3) Keep the water out the outside of the boat.
Here's a link to an offshore sailors article that continues on this theme. Being an offshore sailor, he adds some items to the priorities. His are:
What Really Matters
- Keep the water out
- Keep the crew on the boat
- Keep the keel side down
- Keep the mast up
- Keep the rudder on