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  1. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    We had a dog that could clear about 8 feet horizontally and at least 4 feet up. I used her for dinghy docking - I would tie the bow line to her collar and when I said GO she jumped out/up onto the dock and then stood still while I pulled the dinghy up to the dock. I didn't have to do that, but...
  2. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    Jumping in this use implies the ability to not make it to the dock and end up in the water ;)
  3. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    Hint for men with reluctant spouses: If you start getting anxious, angry, yelling, and so on your wife is going to assume *you* don't know WTF you are doing and this is going to scare her and she may not be back. When our son was born the default response to any situation was me to the boat...
  4. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    I learned that from watching fisherman on the ICW. They would pull up in big mega sportfisherman boat, the mate would drop one short spring line over a piling, and then they would leave one engine idle while they refueled and then leave.
  5. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    My steaming light illuminates the foredeck plenty for routine tasks. More than I want it to actually. I am pretty strict with light discipline. The kids know there is no white light allowed until the anchor is set and the screens are in. "You want to blind me AND get every bug in the creek...
  6. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    Long ago I banned headlights and flashlights on deck. If you don't wreck your night vision you should be able to see.
  7. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    +1 on no jumping. "I will put the boat up against the dock and you can step off" Easy way - crew steps off from midships with a short spring and ties it off. You can then hold the boat right against the dock with the engine while you rig the lines at your leisure.
  8. kent_island_sailor

    5 things men should know about sailing with women

    Lesson 1 for women: I am not yelling. If I talk in a conversational tone from 30 feet away in 25 knots of wind no one will hear me. Lesson 1 for men: Your wife can handle the 2 pounds of force needed to turn the wheel and the 1 pound needed to move the throttle way easier than hauling up a...




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