Why is this whole thread beginning to weird me out? There are some pretty major sex stereotypes in play here - I thought those went out with the 60s. You, the (strong? smart? logical?) man trying to manipulate your (silly?) wife into going sailing/cruising? Its for her own good, try it you'll like it - reminds me of coaxing your kid to taste broccoli.
What am I missing here?
Nothing, you nailed it. It is weird.