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As mentioned by myself and others, it gets to be a safety issue.
If you are scheduled to go for a sail just say something like: "Looks like a great day for a sail let me xxxx while you gals get the boat ship shape."

XXX can be check the weather, tide tables, run to the store, see a guy two docks over about a flumxspanner, whatever. When you are done and and just waiting in the cockpit and they want to leave you just say. I'm ready to go just someone has to 1. 2. 3. before it is safe to leave.

In other words "Put away your toys before we go for ice cream"

Very low key but simple and effective.
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I think Jim hit the nail on the head with his list... a good template for my own. It can be difficult to tell your long-time friends who are on vacation that things are not going as smoothly as they might imagine. Next year I would make a copy of your own, similar list beforehand. I am sure they would appreciate that you don't want to be the "bad guy" nor do you want to feel like being their mother. Sounds like you've "been there, done that." My guess is they have too. One thing you might do is have them help you make the final list. Give each of them a call a month or two before the trip and diplomatically explain the parts about not wanting to feel like a mother, it's your home, and your vacation, etc. Let them know that you really want to continue with this tradition, but that it feels like it's starting to become a bit of a strain. In order to be sure that it will continue you think it would be a good idea to make some adjustments. Tell them you heard about this great idea for a list of things that will keep everybody on the same page, both for safety sake and for shared enjoyment. If you can send them each an advance copy of the list and solicit advice for things to put on it and for what things need clarification it will give them a little sense of ownership in the process so it doesn't feel so much like it's an imposed list of boat rules. It will also force them to read through and better understand what is on it.

Just my $.02. Good luck!
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Post your instructions... I'd like to see what you wrote... I'm in the middle of making something for my boat and would like to see what others have written...
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OH..and I DID post HEAD instructions in the head this year!
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OK...Here it is:

"If you dont want to fish for it don't plant it"...
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Next time just charter a boat. Then you can join the slobs. They should pay and you can captain. When you're done, you'll come home to a clean boat.
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I think I'm coming to the realisation that overnight guests are OK on one condition......they have to bring their own boat.
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My standard reply when people ask how many my boat will sleep: "Two!"
BTW, is your Dickerson 37 the same one that sailed Kentucky Lake for several years?
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Wow. It's unfortunate when guests don't work out. I published this article on our blog and I think it might be helpful for the future! Good luck!
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Brittany and Scott, your blog is really great. I love seeing other young people embracing the lifestyle, as I'm about to move aboard myself.

I was in Grenada as part of a Broadreach program awhile ago. It definitely wasn't my favorite of the Windwards, but every island has it's charm. If you get the time, you should make a point to hike to the Seven Sisters waterfalls. It's a great activity when you're on a budget, and it's remarkably beautiful.

One of my favorite spots on that trip was in Trinidad... called Red Rocks maybe? It was a part of the coast that had these beautiful rock formations from the wave patterns, made of red clay. There were systems of little caves and tunnels that you could check out safely when the tide was out. And one point in particular that reminded me of the rock outcropping that Mickey Mouse was on, as he conducted the storm after stealing the wizard's hat. (I hope that's not too obscure). It just seemed like such a unique place in the world compared to other shore lines that I had seen.

Thanks for the link to the blog.
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