Midwest Puddle Pirate
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Gardner, KS
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and when did anyone, feel less fearful after any one of you told your newbies not to be afraid?
I like to suggest; " if you feel uncomfortable, Please let me know if the boat scares you in anyway." After, I always thank them for coming on the boat no matter how short a sail we had or even if it was just to motor around.
I truely beleive most people will not come back on a boat if the first experiance is the least bit uncomfortable. My guests comfort is more important that "showing" how I "handle" the boat.
Hey! I'm not suggestsing ANNNNNY of the guys have egos that make them want to impress others!
If I have someone on the boat who is truly apprehensive, I will hand them the mainsheet, and tell them if the boat heels too much just let this out until you feel comfortable. I had a friend of my wifes on board who was too fearful even for that, so I sat her next to me and she ended up driving. After a few minutes, all was well.
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