h20 - I have heard of few women that don't like to sail after they learn about it some. It would be good if your wife takes lessons with you so she knows what's going on. The more she knows about it, the more likely she is to fall in love with it. If your wife is like mine, and would rather be at the helm
, then have her do that. It gives her confidence that she's in command of the vessel. Before you know it she'll start issuing orders on how she wants the sails
trimmed, and when you have the helm
she'll be watching the telltales and start trimming the boat on her own.
On the other hand if you only take lessons and take your wife out to "show her how it's done" you may end up less successful with getting your wife really interested. I have heard of a few guys that take their wife out with the boat over-canvassed on the first day and run with the rail on the water
. That tends to scare the wife and then she doesn't like it and it's hard to get her back on a sailboat. So my advice is to make her part of it right from the start. Ultimately, the two of you have to end up as a coordinated crew anyway.
I don't know about parking a car in the keys. There has to be places.