BoatUS offers some tips for you to consider as you prepare for a watch. Familiarize yourself with the navigation equipment onboard and make sure you know how to operate the various electronics. Understand the captain’s rules and expectations, its the captain’s boat and you need to follow the captain’s orders. Make sure you are dressed appropriately, dressing in layers works well. Don’t forget to keep scanning the horizon and keep an eye on the helm if it is in autopilot mode. Read more.