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Old 17-11-2015, 16:21   #1
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The wind is calling

Recently I bought a 26ft Columbia MKII which I am enjoying quite a bit. Although I got in at the end of the fair weather season and days are getting shorter I have been spending a lot of time on the boat.
As I near retirement age I can see myself going off-shore and traveling. Unfortunately my wife is not as passionate about it as I am so I have to make sure her experiences onboard my little sloop are pleasant enough to keep her interest up.
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Old 22-11-2015, 21:40   #2
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Has your wife had a chance to learn to sail? Sometimes people don't like it because they don't understand what is going on and feel a bit useless, ergo bored.

Others just don't like it, though. There are entire threads here about trying to convince them otherwise.
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Old 23-11-2015, 00:16   #4
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Welcome here! Just make sure to take her out on really nice days until she warms up to it. And don't let it heel too much at first. Oh, and some romantic candlelight dinners on the boat in the harbor are nice too, with flowers, fine wine. Just don't do what I did and yell at her if she grabs the wrong line or pushes the tiller the wrong way. That really spoils the mood.
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Just make sure to take her out on really nice days until she warms up to it. And don't let it heel too much at first. Oh, and some romantic candlelight dinners on the boat in the harbor are nice too, with flowers, fine wine. Just don't do what I did and yell at her if she grabs the wrong line or pushes the tiller the wrong way. That really spoils the mood.
sounds like you've done this before....


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Recently I bought a 26ft Columbia MKII which I am enjoying quite a bit
Congrats!!!! Hope your other half soon shares your passion for sailing; good luck!
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I have to admit. The guy who sold me the boat knew his stuff. He took us for a test spin on a beautiful warm fall evening. My wifes biggest decision was red or white wine. I have promised her I would sell a piece of dive equipment to pay for the boat and the owner knew that going in. After the test drive my wife pipes up "we could take the money out of our savings account" so I knew we had a sale.
I guess I'm just afraid her enthusiasm will end with the nice calm day cruises. I guess if I can provide some nice summer weekend trips it might get her interest level up.
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