Bruce’s Rules for Modern Cruisers:

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The Long Run, by Capt. Bill Pike (continued)

1. Doing a lengthy trip? Make sure your guests know where the safety equipment is, how to operate the VHF, that sort of thing. Put it plainly and simply on paper for easy distribution.

(The Kesslers make a stop near Brooksville United Methodist Church in Bucks Harbor, Maine)

2. Test your engine controls (and all other pertinent equipment) prior to each docking and departure. Never take anything for granted. Ever!

3. As skipper, don’t raise your voice unless you absolutely have to. Strident tones produce anxious situations. Calm is most often better.

4. Always have a Plan B. Can’t fit into that slip after all? Have another location at the ready.

5. Go dead slow when dockside. Less speed means less impact and damage if things don’t turn out as well as you’d like them to.

6. Stow everything that moves while underway, including dishes, hard-shell luggage, books, cups, saucers … you name it. Then, no worries. No matter what.

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