Reference: The Fear
If you are experiencing true fear before the crossing you probably should not go! Panic could set in.
However anyone who does very long crossings in dangerous water should feel somewhat hesitant and recheck everything before getting in the boat. I don't know if I 'fear' some crossing but I sure respect some and have the 'butterflies' in the belly sometimes. I think this is good because it shows my mind still respects the water.
The problem with some very long crossings is that, even though you have checked the weather etc, things change and you get in the deep shit. Then you have to be fully on! If this has happened to you before you know what I mean. A creeping fear can set in especially as the situation deteriorates. This can be compounded because you are solo and have no-one to even voice your concerns to. I find that if I keep my head and just keep working harder it helps to offset the emotion. Keep working harder....harder...harder. You've got to hang in there baby!