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My wife was a non boater when we moved to the coast and bought our first sailboat, a 24ft shark. We lived in an area that had regular spring and summer daily inflow winds to 20K or more, so the learning curve was a bit steep, esp for her. But, with patience and a willingness to turn around and try another day on occasion, she became comfortable with sailing, esp upwind. Today she still prefers sailing a tough beat in a breeze to sailing downwind in one.
What really won her over, though, was the first time we did a week long cruise on our Shark. Later that year she became pregnant with our son, and one comment was - can't cruise with a baby on THAT boat- so by spring we'd moved up to 28 feet.
Things progressed from there and for 15 years or so we owned 2 boats together with another family, and primarily raced one and cruised the other. Now we had built in crew (we usually sailed together, all of us, we had a 40 footer that was a great sailer but a handful for two) and everybody got a lot of miles under their belts.
Today we've downsized and gone "solo" again, and at 35 feet this boat continues to feel "smaller and manageable". She is keen to sail anytime, more or less keen to spend as necessary to keep things in good shape, and we spend at least 5-6 weeks on board every summer as well as biannual trips to the Caribbean in winter.
This summer, though, will be a test.... Our first grandchild arrived over the winter and we may not be able to drag ourselves away for that long...... Fortunately her parents (our son and his wife who met on a raceboat) own a boat too, so some "family" cruising could be in the cards. Our grandaughter took her first sail at age 7 days!
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)