Whether you are an experienced boater or just dipping your toe in the water for the first time, it always enriches your boating experience when you develop new skills.
We are all creatures of habit, and tend to quickly fall into a routine, doing the same things the same way, over and over. By mastering new skills, or learning new ways of performing common tasks, even veteran boaters can experience a renewed sense of accomplishment.
As a lifelong boater, I have always enjoyed learning new skills and sharing those with others. There is nothing like hands-on, at the helm, learning. But new technology offers new possibilities. I have been amazed by the helpful, detailed instruction you can find on YouTube.
Of course, it helps to do a specific search and avoid all the cat videos. In truth, it is not a matter of what you can find on YouTube but what can’t you find?
One of the other benefits of instructional videos, you can stop them, slow them down, and repeat them over and over.
Here is my question: Whether you are a boater with decades of experience or one who has not yet taken the helm, what skills would you like to master, or learn an alternative method?
Please let me know what you think, and if you find a video that is particularly helpful, let me know about it.
Here are links to two videos that beginners might find useful:
Beginner’s Guide to Five Basic Boating Knots:
How to Dock in Four Simple Steps: