I think that’s right. I have a robust “program” to deal with the weather. But that’s not because we are particularly clever, it’s because the system we used evolved over a lot of trips in shit weather with RO/RO. Our trial/error ratio hopefully was good but we also had lots of trials. We’ve had shit break loose and do damage.
I spend considerable time with the mates getting them up to speed, doing weather obs, posting current weather, I watch the 500 mb etc. But when we spend a couple weeks in the trades we all slack off.
When we go back into the mid-latitudes I go to the wheelhouse and yell at the mates for not following my weather information handling instructions, even though I haven’t bothered to check myself for several days.
Davidson however couldn’t revive a dormant procedure when one was required because a system never evolved on that run, always in the trades.