- The ability to read the wind. This means understanding apparent wind and how it relates to different boats, and then asking the helm or trimmer "Can you hear me alright and is what I'm saying helpful information?"
- Knowing how to load the new winch properly, a miniscule task but one that is quite helpful in a tacking duel.
- Pack kites in an organized way, specifically the way the bow team prefers. Showing up early to organize kites is a mindless task but makes a huge difference in the boat's performance.
- Understanding marine electronics and the ability to drive the box. Navigation knowledge is helpful not only when no one on the boat is versed, but also during coastal races and deliveries.
- A good floater needs to have the personality to fit right in regardless of the boat and make everything easier for the team. Beyond the basic skills that can be taught, floaters need to develop mental skills in order to read a team's cues. Here are some key things to remember when you step on the boat.