Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lake Michigan
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Learn the tolerances of your family
We don't cruise as in go away for months at a time. However, we do a week at a time and the most important thing I have learned is how to handle the boat in such a way that it pushes but doesn't cross the line of comfortableness (I made that word up). What do I mean by this?
I have the admiral and three daughters. Two of my daughters and I like it heeled over, blowing hard and going for the gusto. The admiral and my other daughter really get scared under those conditions. I have learned where their tolerance level is and how to control the boat in such a way to make the sail as enjoyable as possible for all. In return, they understand that there are simply times, no matter how much careful thought and preparation were given to weather reports and the like, when the winds and waves do something unpredictable and have learned to hang on and not blame the captain for the situation. This peace and harmony is very important to happiness on the boat and, equally important, when your destination is reached. Nothing worse than being in a beautiful port with the admiral angry about the manner of sail to get there.
"To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”
- Oliver Wendel Holmes