The Secret to Happiness
As with so much in life, underwear is the answer. (The secret of happiness, my father used to say, is to buy your BVDs two sizes too large.) Long underwear, in this case. Polypropylene will wick away the moisture while keeping you warm. Add a pair of warm pants and a sweater polyester fleece like that made by Polartec and other companies is the modern replacement for wool, much lighter, less bulky, quick to dry, and very warm. If it's really cold, add several layers of garments the air space between them adds greatly to their insulation, and you can take them off, a layer at a time, as the day warms up.
Where a skipper is of marginal technical competence, his best chance of maintaining the morale of his team lies in a 'let's tackle this problem together' approach. If the sea spares him and he possesses interpersonal skills of a high order, he and his crew may yet have an enjoyable time. Even an able autocrat who delegates few of his duties is liable to finish up with a crew whose only function aboard is to further his ends, rather than a group working under his overall guidance towards a goal they all seek. So long as the skipper knows his business, the success and the happiness of the crew depend largely upon thoughtful delegation and calm, positive communication. If all hands are clear about what is expectcd of them and no one is asked to perform a task which is unsuitable to his ability, morale starts out on a sound footing. The skipper can then work with the crew to sort out watch systems, apportion the less pleasant duties, and ensure that the food and drink departments are...
With a sophisticated charging system that will equalize the batteries once a month. Having gone that route on our last boat, 1 am more happy with the simplicity and performance of the Prevaiiers, coupled with a super-accurate monitor system and a high-output alternator. Two separate battery banks are a must, and the latest thinking is to alternate in using them for house and starting application, this will cause the starting battery to last longer than if it is only used for starting. It is vitally important that you keep track of battery voltage at all times as no battery can last if you keep it in a continually discharged state.
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