Many people on small craft begin to feel seasick during a visit below, if this deteriorates to the point where they are no longer active as a crew member they will not enjoy the trip but also they may become a liability and require care and attention.
Obviously it is therefore useful to avoid this situation if possible.
Going below may be required by the need to navigate, prepare food or drinks, change clothing and to visit the heads. As much as possible should be done to prepare for the trip that will reduce the need to spend time below.
It is not possible to avoid some time below, and the best solution if there are crew members who are susceptible to seasickness is to heave to and stop the boat.
When going to windward this will produce a much calmer platform and when off the wind will remove the gentle rolling that many people find uncomfortable.
In most cases, the 5 or 10 minutes spent hove too will not greatly affect the passage time, but it may ensure that you have retain the crew strength at a maximum.
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