There are two seperate instances that I remember when my parents were outfitting their boat.
First thing is to picture my mother, a 5' 2" middle aged housewife in the late 1970s.
I know that you specifically asked for no galley references
, but take this story beyone just the galley and apply it to any area of the boat....
"When the builder
and my parents discussed the stove for the galley of the boat, my mother went into the kitchen ane brought out her three largest pots/pans.
She said "I want to be able to use all of these at the same time."
looked at her as if she had sprouted a second head
, but she just stuck her hands on her hips and stared right back at him.
In the end, they managed to find a marine
stove that would accomodate all three pots at the same time, and it worked out for the best because as you all know when at sea, the gimballed stove is where you put anything that you don't want to spill, or fall over."
The second story I recall
revolved around our dinghy
"We started out with a pretty standard inflatable
with a wood partition floor, and a 4 hp outboard
. We were living aboard
at a mooring
in Hoing Kong, and it was Mom's duty to ferry
everyone ashore for work or school
. On one particularly windy day after making her dinghy rounds, she was going ashore and trying to exit the dink when she slipped falling into the water
She was unable to climb back into the inflatable
over the tubes, and with the outboard
raised, the wind
just carried the boat away from shore in an instant. Luckily she managed to drift across the bay and into the opposite shore without more than a scrape and a scare.
Less than a month later we had a new aluminum
dink with a 6hp outboard that was much easier to get into and out of."
The lessons here are that sometimes they just want some of the same comforts that they have come to expect, and that they are not allways able to handle situations that we are and we should take their dimensions/abilities into account to ensure their comfort and enjoyment.