Originally Posted by chas5131
Thanks to all of you
Same here. Think I was 28 before I realized that everyone did not drink until drunk.
I had a Dark and Stormy tonight, but in a pint glass with lots of cubes and mostly ginger ale. The Kraken rum
is nice in smaller amounts.
But I was helming a couch. For me, situational awareness at sea is first. I don't even own a car, but consider very top-of-mind the fact that on the water
, I am in charge of many tons of moving thing. Never mind running aground, even sailing in 12 knots of wind
, at 5 knots I could kill two kids
in a kayak
and never hear it...if I was helming drunk.
So when considered in that light, I have to say sailing has really cut into my drinking. I rarely even have a beer
on the water
, and by the time we tie up and put away, I'm too tired and windblown to want to sit in the cockpit
throwing 'em back.
Were I on passage
, on watch or even at anchor
in some tropical lagoon
, I could relax, but not with alcohol. I'm too paranoid about making an avoidable mistake.
So don't think of yourself as the death of the party, particularly if you can't easily moderate alcohol intake.
Think of yourself as the designated sailor, and learn to drink tumblers of lime-kissed soda or ginger ale or coconut water or whatever.
Or simply don't hang out with excessive drinkers. Yes, there's a few "touched by a pirate" types, but they don't last long and don't often leave dock
Hang out with real sailors. They tend to be more sober, and can limit their intake a lot sooner, because boats are a lot less predictable than cars. Or even walking home.