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Thanks, TB. My wife and I love David Gray. We first heard a CD of his while sitting in a lonely pub on the west coast of Scotland. We bought that CD the following day and have been fans ever since. I actually have Life in Slow Motion but forgot about that song. And I put Luis Villegas on my Amazon wishlist. I'm always on the look out for good sailing/relaxing music.
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Great Vid, great boat, great day of sailing. Life doesn't get any better than that. That is what it is all about! When I single hand, I am one with the world and the world is right.
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If you're ever in Toronto, look me up. I can't believe how similar our boats are in some respects, yet very different in others. It's like co-evolution or something...
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Agreed, there are some similarities Val, putting the size difference aside along with a ketch vs sloop rig and steel hull. They're both pilothouse motorsailers with dual helms and relatively high freeboards - intended for challenging conditions.

It's strange that I've owned this boat since November of 2004 and sailed every chance I could get. But only recently, while sailing solo, was I able to fully appreciate how well she sails - while pushed to the edge. Could never do that with my loving wife onboard.

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Very nice video TB. Thanks for sharing.

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Very cool. Esp liked the part when you showed the bone in her teeth.
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TB,

I certainly love my wife and I love her company on board. She is petrified of water and has no interest in the mechanical of getting places.. driving, sailing whatever.

But over 10 years she has come to be able to enjoy aspects of "cruising" which means, for example, we sail to Newport where she can visit the Mansions, antiques shops etc. and just hang out there... watch the fireworks up close... something fabulous near Fort Adams.

She hates the healing, won't go below when underway unless it is damn flat and often curls up and sleeps alot when we are sailing. But she does like being out alone and away from the world and she does appreciate how wonderful sailing is. I don't feel I cheat when I sail Shiva alone... but I do miss her company.

I've done a lot of solo work and I like having the boat to myself. My recommendation is for you to enjoy the times when she sails with you... take her in picture perfect days with moderate winds to perhaps go to some place she can enjoy being there for a spell. And tell her when the winds are up you'll spare her the anxiety and have a little fin with TB. She'll be OK with that, I'd bet.

Keep the boat. It's lovely.

Keep the wife... she's lovelier.

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It's strange that I've owned this boat since November of 2004 and sailed every chance I could get. But only recently, while sailing solo, was I able to fully appreciate how well she sails - while pushed to the edge. Could never do that with my loving wife onboard.
Do you have crew that could help you push the boat a bit? Fall is the sweet spot for heavy displacement sailing...
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Yes, friends have crewed on TrueBlue on several occasions, but only with my wife onboard - who leaves little doubt with anybody, that she's terrified of heeling. Therefore we've rarely sailed to the edge for very long. I'm planning on going out with friends and family this weekend - weather permitting.

Rick, thanks and although a motorsailer, the iron genny was only used for a couple minutes when departing/returning to the slip. She went a good 7-8 hours in silence. It's refreshing to hear just the sounds of wind, waves and resonating rigging . . . and of course, the subtle sound of the autopilot motor.

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Well done, TB. You have a "feel" for the camera. And you definitely have the same thing for sailing. I've shot countless hours of video aboard boats around the world for our TV show and it never gets boring. I can tell you were having fun, too. Thanks for sharing!


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