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Not directed at the OP in any way, rather at the general idea that women need to be mollycoddled more than men, and that maybe men would be happier leaving them at home:

I think the first list to make should be "What to look for in a wife"!

Every adventure I have undertaken in my life, from kayaking to BASE jumping to scuba diving to sailing, my wife has jumped into with equal enthusiasm. (And she is usually better at it than I am.)

It must be miserable to be married to someone who isn't as big of a nut as you are.
You haven't factored in that you got one of the only ones around that are like that.

I'm joking, but not by THAT much - most women prefer comfort and security to adventure.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Better to be a good sport about the gender thing. Practice catch and release. Sooner or later you find a keeper and then be amazed at how your life has changed.
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Capn Len, if you survive that catch and release comment, you'll be fortunate!
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You haven't factored in that you got one of the only ones around that are like that.

I'm joking, but not by THAT much - most women prefer comfort and security to adventure.
If people spent half the energy that they spend weighing the pros and cons of a potential boat on weighing the character traits of their potential mate, buying the boat would be much simpler.

But you are right, I won the wife lottery. Now I will step back and un-hijack the thread.
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My experience is that the "less into it" crew members (may include wifes, friends, children etc) really appreciate a boat with a high "comfort factor", in particular when the going gets a bit rougher which on any cruise will happen sooner or later.

COMFORT FACTOR = disp/(.65*(.7*lwl+.3*loa)*beam^1.33) This is an empirical term developed by yacht designer Ted Brewer. Large numbers indicate a smoother, more comfortable motion in a sea way. The equation favors heavy boats with lots of overhang and a narrow beam. These are all factors that slow down a boats response in violent conditions, which is a major factor in reducing crew fatigue. This design philosophy is contrary to many modern racer / cruisers. A value of 30 - 40 is recommended for a cruising boat. Racing designs are typically less than 30, and a full keel, Colin Archer design, could be as high as 55. Tedís recommendations were used for the optimal values, with a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 50.

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Could it be that the social success I've attained over the years was due to my choice of the cruising vessel of the future? A wooden home built gaff rigged Spray?
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