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Old 21-10-2009, 07:26   #31
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What does a woman who is barefoot pregnant and in the galley need shoe storage for?

Black high heels
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Old 21-10-2009, 07:50   #32
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Kimarah, like you we have a Prout 38 Manta, a good, comfortable boat with lost of room, full size hanging lockers, a table that seats 8 (friendly) folks, excellent shower system, good deck space, etc. There's plenty of room to store 6 months of provisions (it's the six months of wine that's an issue .

Don, if your wife isn't giving you much input, perhaps she is just confident that your next boat will be a good one. Will you be looking at boats together? Ask her to make a list of her top ten for the next boat. Now, here's the difficult part. Then have her put a value of importance on those ten items. We have done this in the past with house purchases, and it ought to work for a boat too (probably not for a first time boat owner, but you are experienced, and probably not as an all encompassing boat list, but geared toward your wife's wishes.

I thought I didn't want or need a watermaker, but ours makes the best tasting water and I couldn't do without it.

I thought I needed unlimited hot water for showering, but early into an extended cruise our water heater stopped working. I found I could have a perfectly good shower using a 1 gallon jug of water that had been heated on the galley stove.

I thought I didn't need refrigeration, but this was before we bought a boat and right after I had read one of those old sea voyage books. Thankfully, we have a good fridge freezer in the galley and a dedicated freezer elsewhere. The more the better.

I thought our 11 foot dinghy was too wide, too big, and too difficult to store, but now that we are back to a 10 foot, I miss the larger one. With a bigger boat, maybe an improved dinghy might be in order.

Last cruise we added AIS. How nice to have that!

Lighting would be an important issue for me on our next boat, and I hope that by then LED has improved.

Good luck with your boat search.

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Old 21-10-2009, 08:52   #33
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some of you are just looking to get yourselves into trouble :-)
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Old 21-10-2009, 09:24   #34
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let's see...

...when we had our 22 footer, she wanted a boat with a head.

...when we had our 30 footer, she wanted a boat with a head that wasn't a portapotti.

...when we had our 37 footer, she wanted a boat that wasn't a cave down below, and a shower that didn't require you to sit on the toilet during use, and a rig that didn't have spinnaker poles or running backstays.

...when we had our 41 footer, she wanted a boat with more storage space, more tankage, and enough power that I wouldn't freak out when the microwave was being used while at anchor.

...now that we have our 46 footer, she wishes the boat mortgage wasn't quite so high.
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Old 21-10-2009, 13:09   #35
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I know guys who trade up wives like you trade up boats.

Not sure which is cheaper, however.
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Old 21-10-2009, 13:38   #36
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Only slightly off topic. But I did listen which is why we have the boat we do.

The Rules

1. The Woman always makes the Rules.
2. The Rules are subject to change at any time without
prior notification.
3. No Man can possibly know all the Rules.
4. If the Woman suspects the Man knows all the Rules, she must
immediately change some or all of the Rules.
5. The Woman is never wrong.
6. The Woman can change her mind at any given point in time.
7. The Man must never change his mind without express written
consent from the Woman.
8. The Woman has every right to be angry or upset at any time.
9. The Man must remain calm at all times, unless the Woman
wants him to be angry or upset.
10. The Woman must, under no circumstances, let the Man know
whether or not she wants him to be angry or upset.
11. If the Woman has PMS, all Rules are null and void.
12. The Man cannot diagnose PMS.
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Old 21-10-2009, 13:54   #37
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I think some of you guys might be missing the point…

Big enough pots or hot enough water…. Barefoot or whatever….at the end of the day what really matters….. if all else fails….(and we mere mortal men are doomed to fail) ….. is that you actually …rub her feet!

Amazing what a magical cure all…. that is!
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Old 21-10-2009, 15:16   #38
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Have and love:

- Room to move inside the boat without getting my hips bruised (I am a size 2, save the comments - he..he..he)
- A boat that is stable, not tender
- Round edges on everything
- Two - well - bedrooms with queen size beds, so we have the option to sleep together or separately, depending on mood and ambient temperature
- Not having to move stuff to get to stuff
- Separate fridge and freezer
- Reliable autopilot with remote
- Radar
- GPS Chartplotter that interfaces with the autopilot and the radar
- Wind instrument
- All the charts, both electronic and paper
- Strong boat so I am not afraid of drowning if I hit something (never did, hope to keep it that way, but for some reason I fear containers at sea)
- Pilot house with a comfortable reclining captain's chair with armrests and feet support so my watch is comfortable and safe
- ALL nav instruments within arm's length from the captain's chair (never understood how having a radar and autopilot and chartplotter displays down below helps when you are out in the cockpit
- Lots of water
- TV, VCR, DVD, CD, radio
- Room to keep books, even though I never got to read any while cruising
- Hard bottom dinghy
- Davits with pulleys that make it possible for me alone to lower and hoist the dinghy up if I wanna
- Ability to lock the access door from both the outside and the inside
- Reliable dinghy motor
- Dry bilge
- Liferaft, just in case
- Quiet engine
- Husband that does not yell

Wish list

- Heating and air conditioning
- Forward scanning sonar
- The ability to, one day perhaps, not freak out when the boat heels more that 15 degrees...Sigh.
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Old 21-10-2009, 15:38   #39
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what women want

OK. I'm convinced . I get the message. Stick to singlehanding, or spend your life on the treadmill.
What they want is to throw up every roadblock they can come up with to stop you from getting free.
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Old 21-10-2009, 16:05   #40
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I love my full size sink. It makes washing dishes a little more tolerable.
Agree with all of the comments regarding places to put clothes.
A bed that you don't have to crawl into to make.
Also agree with not having to move stuff to get to stuff.

Good luck!
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Old 21-10-2009, 18:56   #41
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Satellite phone and TV...

I'm surprised that satellite phone and TV have not made the list.

Should they be there?
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OK. I'm convinced . I get the message. Stick to singlehanding, or spend your life on the treadmill.
What they want is to throw up every roadblock they can come up with to stop you from getting free.
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Buck up Brent, there are good ones out there that want the freedom too.

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And you men making fun of your women for wanting this or wanting that...for shame, be grateful you have someone to please. I looked for a smiley face wagging her finger but don't have one so you are going to have to use your imagination. (wag wag wag)

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This thread does indeed make having women aboard seem like a huge liability. How can any average person afford to actually SAIL somewhere interesting with such huge lists of demands?

All of this boat "stuff" costs money which requires work and time, not even considering how much of it will just break down when you're away from home. Sounds like some of you might be better off with a house on land, or maybe a big fat houseboat (no offence intended).
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What does a woman who is barefoot pregnant and in the galley need shoe storage for?

Black high heels
A place to stow dismembered skipper parts...

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Have and love:

<snip>- Two - well - bedrooms with queen size beds, so we have the option to sleep together or separately, depending on mood and ambient temperature

<snip>

- Ability to lock the access door from both the outside and the inside

<snip>

- Husband that does not yell
I reckon these three go together. Don't need number 1 and if you've got number 3 then that is what number 2 and the cockpit is for...
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At the risk of all the ladies rolling their eyes I'll give this a crack

The only woman I've ever had serious thoughts about hanging out with for an extended period of time (yes You know...that "c" word... commitment) told me,when i apologized for not being able to "provide" all the things I thought She would like,that it didn't matter to Her,all that mattered was being together,soo

I'm going to say that what woman want is what men want and vice versa ie:if one is happy then the other will be happy as well...and if not then perhaps they aren't with the right significant other...

bahahaha,the irony of a single person having an opinion on this
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