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Time to take Kitty to a kennel... She won't like being on a boat with five strangers... and I'm sure they don't want to spend the weekend with a cat.

You misread somewhere - I'm not bringing her - not until I have my own boat.
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My favorite cat left alone story is one my friend told me when he took his then fiancée out for the weekend... he had been working on his computer, upgrading most of the components, and left the case partially open. Apparently, his cat decided to piss all over the interior of the computer... so when he plugged it in and turned it on... some really fragrant smoke and sparks came out of it... needless to say, it was all trashed...
Damn that's funny - I'll make sure to cover the PC i just bought.
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Weather looks to be pretty decent for this weekend in MD - here's a link to the boat I will be on (Haven Charters in Rock Hall, MD) - 39' Pearson

Wind Dancer

the skipper and signif. other would be in the v-berth I suppose, 2 peeps in the qtr berth, and 2 in the salon which is where I think I'll be and that doesn't look too bad - anyone been on a 39' Pearson before - looks okay.

And I still haven't bought my deck shoues but there's a West Marine 1/4 mi. away that opens at 9 am.

Cant wait!
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murphy's law of sailing weather

Nah, my DH is leading an overnight sail Fri nite - given his track record for attracting lousy weather, that means it'll either blow like stink, or snow, or something icky.

Hey, seriously tho, have a great trip

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Whenever we plan an extended cruise with invited crew, I advise our guests to spend the night before onboard. Aside from the reasons stated above, there will be no risk of a late departure due to someone getting to the boat too late.

I like to leave at first light, to provide as much daylight as possible upon anchoring for the night after the journey's first leg.
Could you talk to my wife and kids? Their preference for their own beds the night before tends to turn planned 6:00 or 6:30 departures into 9:00 or 9:30.
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That sounds way too familiar < G > . My wife isn't as bad, but that was a typical scenario when my kids were younger. Today, our two kids are grown up, living in their own homes but I know their sleeping-in habits haven't changed much.

When they join us, my daughter and her S/O actually enjoy sleeping in their private V-berth while we shove off at 6:00. They usually come out in a couple hours and treat my wife and I to some exotic, mid-morning brunch - they both have professional cooking experience . . . one of the perks of being the Captain & First Mate.

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That sounds way too familiar < G > . My wife isn't as bad, but that was a typical scenario when my kids were younger. Today, our two kids are grown up, living in their own homes but I know their sleeping-in habits haven't changed much.

When they join us, my daughter and her S/O actually enjoy sleeping in their private V-berth while we shove off at 6:00. They usually come out in a couple hours and treat my wife and I to some exotic, mid-morning brunch - they both have professional cooking experience . . . one of the perks of being the Captain & First Mate.
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Sounds like a great deal. While my kids might like to try some breakfast contribution, at 8 & 11 our breakfast tastes have not yet converged.

This season I will again try pitching that sleeping on the boat would allow them a couple of extra hours of sleep as they can continue to snooze as we set off. After a long winter, I am looking forward to having these kinds of "problems."
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..actually I think that this is indeed the real reason for the request:
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What a lot of novice sailors don't realize is that leaving on time for a sailboat is very important. Many boats have to leave with the tide, or not leave at all... and the difference in going with a tidal current or against it is generally relatively huge.

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What a lot of novice sailors don't realize is that leaving on time for a sailboat is very important. Many boats have to leave with the tide, or not leave at all... and the difference in going with a tidal current or against it is generally relatively huge.
No tides on the Great Lakes as such, but our prime passagemaking is done in the spring and fall, when the winds tend to be stronger and steadier. Leaving on time in October means dawn and going as fast as possible because there is only 11 hours or so of useable daylight...another consideration.

I also think it says something about a person's respect and commitment if they can't arrive on time and prepared.
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