(1) recognize that some people may be apprehensive or uncertain about being on the water or about being able to do things safely aboard a boat.
(2) Involve everyone: help non-boating family members, guests, and children feel that they are a part of the crew.
(2) Give everyone a meaningful task (within their capabilities), and take time to explain what you want each person to do, well before he or she is expected to do it.
(3) Keep everyone informed, without going into too much detail.
(4) Be generous with praise where it is merited.
(5) Include yourself in the blame if something goes wrong. “I’m sorry, I guess I didn’t explain clearly enough.” “ We goofed, didn’t we?” “Not your fault; I should have come closer to the dock.” Usually a person knows when he or she is at fault; they probably don’t need to have a stern reminder or a chewing out.
(6) Be generous with thanks.