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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

Deja Vu,

We're in the same place (freshman season and all) and my Admiril said the exact same thing, no kiddin.

Now of course no self respecting Captain wouldn't get the Admiril a little something on the side anyway, right? So I did.

We're saving the "christmas present money" to haul the boat in the spring for it's tri-annual bottom paint, unstep the mast for a refurb and get $1k's worth of new sailing boat instruments.
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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

Let's see -

For her:
one Christmas it was top of the line binos for her.
one year it was a Mustang Auto inflate PDF in PINK
last year was a Henderson front zip shorty

For the boat:
Last year it was refrigeration

And the list goes on.
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Does the gift have to be given at Christmas? I'm not familiar with your area but how about setting aside the money and planning a weekend trip to a big boat show? Hotel room, two days to linger over boat stuff to touch and see, soak up the atmosphere that surrounds boat shows, attend seminars. Sometimes if you go on the last day you can get bargains for the stuff the vendors might not want to schlep back home.
While expensive; my wife LOVED it. Took her to the annapolis boat show this year in style. Stayed within walking distance and fine dined. (Those that know; you know it's expensive staying downtown) Treated it like a vacation getaway.
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...Stayed within walking distance and fine dined. (Those that know; you know it's expensive staying downtown) Treated it like a vacation getaway.
We did that for two years, too. Loved being able to park the car for the weekend and walk from the hotel.

Then we bought the boat and stayed at a local marina and it was MUCH less expensive.
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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

Thanks folks. Good ideas and thoughts here. I suppose a dodger/proper bimini would be on top of our list but that would exceed the roughly $400 budget. She would also love to swim from the boat which would require a nice swim ladder. Just not sure what to get and where to mount on boat. Foulies is a good idea as is refrigerator or A/C. Both of which could mean battery bank and inverter. Pressurized water and engine driven hot water might be on the list too. We plan to begin overnighting in our sophomore year.

I guess I have plenty for her to choose from and several might work with that budget... Again thanks. And BTW she is fine with the Admiral designation so long as everyone understands she is a working Admiral. Takes the helm and hauls on sheets regularly... What a gal!
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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

I would go with a really good swim ladder. That is very practical and a good safety feature, especially for 'mature' boaters. Make sure it is long (2 steps under water) and comfortable. Check salvage shops, they often have great bargains. And install it very securely.
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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

Nice!!
I have to agree with the swim ladder for ease of use and basic safety.
My second choice would be an auto inflate pfd. Again keep your loved one safe.
We drive to Charleston every so often, and are new sailors also. Maybe we can share a dinner sometime and talk shop.
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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

RE: the swim ladder.

I don't know how you could do this in advance of buying it and maybe it isn't possible, but make sure whoever you buy it for can actually use it to get back onto the boat. Last summer I heard a call to the Coast Guard requesting help when a woman aboard a boat went swimming and was unable to get back on board even though they had the ladder. She was just unable to get herself back up even though she got down OK. The CG asked for the assistance of the local marine police who responded.
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Re: Admiral of the year nominee?

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RE: the swim ladder.

I don't know how you could do this in advance of buying it and maybe it isn't possible, but make sure whoever you buy it for can actually use it to get back onto the boat. Last summer I heard a call to the Coast Guard requesting help when a woman aboard a boat went swimming and was unable to get back on board even though they had the ladder. She was just unable to get herself back up even though she got down OK. The CG asked for the assistance of the local marine police who responded.
The issue with the ladder is going to be how deep does it go? In order for EVERYONE to be likely to be able to haul themselves out of the water on a ladder it seems to need 3 submerged rungs. Anyone with limited upper body strength will have lots of trouble if only one submerged rung, and the side forces applied during the attempt can break a cheap aluminum ladder (Seen that happen)

So a deep ladder.... and stainless steel is what you need to be sure of success and longevity..
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