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Re: Baby seat in cockpit

Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
What is it about the little boat that she misses, or what doesn't she like about the current boat?
Frankly, Jim, I don't know for sure. Our old boat ("Mello Belle"--because she was very mellow at sea and often the "Belle of the Ball" in our harbor) was her first experience and she was just abject when we sold her ("Daddy, how can you sell Mello Belle, she's part of our family!?!") She didn't like HyLyte at first, even though she had her own cabin--still stuffed with toys, art supplies, et al to this day--because it replaced Mello Belle and it was hard for our dog, Nibbles ('cause he always wanted a little nibble of whatever you were eating), to make his way to or from the cockpit without a boost (the companionway ladder was too steep and she wasn't then big enough to handle the job.)

N'any case, she's been sailing all over heck and gone ever since, most recently a passage from St. Martin to Trinidad--by-passing St. Vincent to our relief. (She's been on power boats also but doesn't care for them as she explains: "Daddy, they're too stinky! You can't even smell the ocean!") At this point she takes great pride in the fact that she and her mother can handle the "big boat" but when questioned she still says she liked Mello Belle "better".

"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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