Fear of Heeling
Deb, yes, this does help, but - you can''t really picture that big bulb underneath unless you''ve seen it out of the water, no matter how much you trust the woman who describes it to you. And, you''re right, steering the boat can alleviate most fears. But if someone in your party is so uncomfortable as to feel the need to wear a life jacket on a clear, flat, calm day; best for all to wear one to make her feel even less unafraid. In my experience, when it starts out like that, on a nice, calm day, you all end up enjoying yourselves. Unless, of course, there is the fear of the giant squid (hey, we all have our own ghosts)... But, we got over that, and enjoyed many a sail after.