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Old 19-11-2016, 08:26   #16
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Re: How I met my boat mate

Hi Tetepare,
That rock!! Fate? Co-incidence? We have a similar story and are still together 32 years later. All the best.
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Old 19-11-2016, 10:01   #17
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Re: How I met my boat mate

Thanks all. In my world where the project creep is keeping us tied to the dock, getting annoyed with the situation but all too often taking it out on each other, I needed to read this. (Sort of like a boaty "It's A Wonderful Life ").

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Does she have a sister?
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Old 19-11-2016, 10:16   #19
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Now there is a man who has it figured out, twice a winner and no self pity because one (or both?) did not work out "forever".
Reality is a fragile illusion and life is not forever...neither is anything associated with it. Both points profoundly reinforced for me when my first mate was killed in a boating accident.

Current first mate is still with me...8 years now.
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Re: How I met my boat mate

I first took the lady with the red Converse "Chuck Taylors" for a sail on my 12' boat 48 years ago. Sure, nothing lasts forever, but we're making a good run!
....but I still don't know why she needs to carry this stick when I sit next to her?

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Old 19-11-2016, 10:30   #21
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Thanks all. In my world where the project creep is keeping us tied to the dock, getting annoyed with the situation but all too often taking it out on each other, I needed to read this. (Sort of like a boaty "It's A Wonderful Life ").

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Cruising is a life style, not a vacation, so it puts stresses on a relationship too.

Try not to make little stuff into big stuff (thats surprisingly hard to do), maintain perspective and sense of humor (you will need it when dealing with boat issues in remote places).
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Old 19-11-2016, 10:46   #22
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I first took the lady with the red Converse "Chuck Taylors" for a sail on my 12' boat 48 years ago. Sure, nothing lasts forever, but we're making a good run!
....but I still don't know why she needs to carry this stick when I sit next to her?

Congrats!

Maybe its the stick thats kept you in line for 48 years! 😁

We just got back from Machu Pichu (background in your pic)...awesome...really enjoyed Peru.
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I first took the lady with the red Converse "Chuck Taylors" for a sail on my 12' boat 48 years ago.
Congrats to you & your Mrs. on 48 years Hud Force! Great to see.

I met mine at her high school graduation a bit over 30 years ago and we got married four years later.

She at first tolerated my travel bug and then over the years got to loving it. Travel vacations (her first flight on an airplane was from Canada to Britain!), on to motorcycles, then about 7 years ago starting with lessons, we began sailing (which she was hoping I'd get over quickly - I didn't ).

I've been scaring her for 30 years she likes to tell me.

So after quite a bit of great chartering with different friends (at least I was smart enough to make it fun), we now have our own boat in the Eastern Caribbean where we cruise for the winters.

I was lucky to catch a good one. I know it & I tell her often!!
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All sweet stories, but boring. We met at a burglary 30 yrs. ago. Didn't take long after that she stole my heart. Her family were boaters and fishers, me not much of either.
A couple yrs later we went out on her brothers pos trimaran and got hooked on sailing. Taught ourselfs to sail. Been at it ever since. 3 boats later and we're ready to leave out now for extended cruising. She was the store mgr. and I was the cop with nothing else to do so I went over to see what was going on at the store burglary.. The rest is history.
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We met at a burglary 30 yrs. ago.
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One of the first things Jim did was look at my feet and compliment me for not wearing heels or flip flops.
No flip flops ? Say it ain't so !!! What could possibly be wrong with flip flops ? Fiip flops top sliced bread by a very large degree! I would be lost without them !
How dare you heap scorn on flip flops !!!!!
Some people just can't recognize a good thing eve if it bites them in the butt!

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HAHAHA ME TOO!!!
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No flip flops ? Say it ain't so !!! What could possibly be wrong with flip flops ? Fiip flops top sliced bread by a very large degree! I would be lost without them !
How dare you heap scorn on flip flops !!!!!
Some people just can't recognize a good thing eve if it bites them in the butt!

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A compass is much better than flip flops...
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Re: How I met my boat mate

As a liveaboard, women take me for a gipsy, an erratic one

Then they start asking how can l live in the cold (9℃ was the lowest T in the Med last winter) and in the damp (none, boat is insulated).

Now, i claim of being a working skipper...

Last summer, i met a bipolar psycho (oops, two actually), a lesbian, another one claiming that the Med is not the Tropics, no coconuts....

Former girlfriend "gets sick with the blowing", others had no interest in sailing.

I hope to meet someone, anyone (F) on a dock, one day....

Thank you for the good stories....
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The old adage "you can tell a lot about someone by their shoes" still holds true.
Problem is they have an entire closet full of shoes-----all different.
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