So my wife keeps up on some of the forum threads and in conversation about unprepared boaters she posed the question 'I wonder how many spouses have been taught and are comfortable to run the boat if something happened to the other person'.
So I pose the question, how many of us have taken the time to try and teach our spouses how to operate and run the boat?
I know for us, when my wife is on the boat, I don't spend a lot of time in the seat. She doesn't like driving in sloppy water but she is taking the imitative to try. She drove back Saturday night in that 3 foot choppy slop we were in and handled it well with some coaching. I have been trying to have her run the electronics and understand what all the switches etc do. She has gotten pretty comfortable with the chart plotter and has been studying the Atlas charts of PWS so she knows where all the land marks are.
I would take it one step further and ask how many of us have taught our kids how to operate the VHF and what channels they need to use. Two of mine know that 16 is the '911' channel if they need help. I need to spend some more time with them to make sure they know how to get it back to 16 if they hit the wrong button.
Just curious what other people are doing.