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BEING THE

CAPTAIN The Bricks and Mortar of being comfortable and competent at thE helm

B y C a p ta i n S k i p A n d e r s o n

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As a boating instructor and lifelong mariner, I’ve grown to see the voyage to becoming captain is as much about cultivating a philosophy as it is about logging a certain number of miles or passing exams. Being Captain is less about receiving a license and more about becoming one with oneself, others, and nature. In my efforts to categorize the

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different elements of becoming captain, I turn to metaphor: bricks versus mortar. My use of the term “bricks” refers to the thousands of physical details that go into boating. Bricks refers to the “to do” or “to get” list that’s never fully done, the checklist that’s always growing, and frankly, the focus of most boaters. This is not where I want to take this dialogue.

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