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Old 03-04-2011, 00:29   #16
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

Welcome aboard CF and enjoy.
Nobody really cares if you drink or not. If you do, that's okay. If you don't, that's okay also.
I've never seen an issue with it. Always have had alternatives available when having guests on board.
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Old 03-04-2011, 00:38   #17
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

Agreed, Alchemist, neither by the road nor 'in the drink'! Enjoyed in moderation a drink won't kill one, and can sure be welcome at the right time. It is unnerving to see it overdone and realize 'I may have to fish this fellow out'--that gets way past pleasant to painful.
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Old 03-04-2011, 00:44   #18
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

I had a problem as we never carried alcohol on th eboat, not a big issue for us and not in the budget.

But then we'd get invited aboard other boats and get offered a cold beer. And sometimes I'd accept. But then I would feel guilty as in NZ and Aus it is considered appropriate to return the favour at some time. So more often than not I would decline, even though our kind and generous hosts probably wouldn't have given it a second thought.
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

“Cruising for the Non-Drinker?”
Cannot be done! You’ll be dead of dehydration, within days.
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

No problem at all ! I always keep drinks on board for mix. It's all about being social and having a good time, if you can do that without alcohol thats great. I prefer to drink, but someone who doesn't will get a quicker invite back before someone who comes aboard drinks all my beer then goes home.
And hey more for me...
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

Neither my better half or I are
1. Alcohol drinkers or
2. Social types.

We both sail to getaway not socialise.
Time tied up or anchored is just not sailing.
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“Cruising for the Non-Drinker?”
Cannot be done! You’ll be dead of dehydration, within days.
Ha! A very astute and logical answer GM! Thanks for the laugh. [IMG]file:///C:/Users/Kraft/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]

Caring and thoughtful comments to my original Question and greatly appreciated by both my Wife & I.
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

The fact that the question is put to a cruising community says something about the lifestyle I think. I'm a little sensitive myself because alcohol has never been a part of my life and I have learned that if you mention that you don't drink, some people assume that you don't drink anymore.
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If invited over to someone's boat we always bring something, and that often includes our own drinks if we are in an area where we know they are hard to get. We always try to keep a variety of stuff onboard for all tastes, but sometimes the selection gets a bit slim when you've been out awhile. This can lead to embarassing cocktails like rum and Koolaid, so be forewarned, you might be offered something like straight Koolaid! I don't think anyone would be in the least offended, if they even noticed, if someone just brought their own favorite beverage along and maybe enough to share too. Boaters tend to be very open. I like to enjoy my evening drink or two, but there are nights where I won't join in because we are headed offshore after dark or maybe there is a long tricky dinghy ride home, etc. and I don't recall ever any feeling of pressure about it, but that might just be because we would avoid folks we didn't like anyway!
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The fact that the question is put to a cruising community says something about the lifestyle I think. I'm a little sensitive myself because alcohol has never been a part of my life and I have learned that if you mention that you don't drink, some people assume that you don't drink anymore.
You always get that look of "oh your a reformed alcoholic then".
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Agreed on the music thing.

It reminds me of people who are stuck in their high school years.

There is so much music out there and the variety is constantly growing.
There is also the glorious silence of nature on a still night, which, if listened to, is never really silent at all, but is always preferable to the one millionth playback of "Hotel California".
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I had a problem as we never carried alcohol on th eboat, not a big issue for us and not in the budget.

But then we'd get invited aboard other boats and get offered a cold beer. And sometimes I'd accept. But then I would feel guilty as in NZ and Aus it is considered appropriate to return the favour at some time. So more often than not I would decline, even though our kind and generous hosts probably wouldn't have given it a second thought.
Perhaps in addition to the cheap T-shirts and packages of cigarettes many cruisers carry for "encouragement of the locals" purposes, you should have an emergency six-pack stowed for social occasions in which beer is ritually exchanged.
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The fact that the question is put to a cruising community says something about the lifestyle I think. I'm a little sensitive myself because alcohol has never been a part of my life and I have learned that if you mention that you don't drink, some people assume that you don't drink anymore.
I know that look. I get the same when I say that I've never owned a car or had a full car licence. I get that look right after I gracefully dock our 17 tonne steel boat and I hop on my bicycle.

How the hell do people think I afforded the 17 tonne boat?
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

I hate to say this, but if you're going to be sensitive about what other people think of your habits you probably will be offended all the time in the boating community. Some of us look down on other's anchoring habits. Some of us don't approve of other's boat names. Some of us would never leave the harbor on other's boats. For that matter, a lot of landlubbers think you're crazy just for being on a boat. Who cares what anyone else thinks!
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Re: Cruising for the Non-Drinker?

what kettlewell says. my wife and I have been cruising the caribbean since last November - neither of us drink and we both socialize with whoever we meet. Nobody seems to care whether we do or dont drink and we dont care if they do. actually, it is probably comforting to some of the people we have had on the boat that when the sailing gets rough or something breaks or it is time to anchor or dock that none of us are under the influence. When actually sailing in the ocean it is better to have all your attention on what you are doing.
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