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Old 10-16-2011
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I love my wife!

We were having a discussion over dinner this evening.

The talk turned to the topic of sailing.

My wife let me know that the reason she is so concerned about falling overboard is that she believes that this would make her a nuisance!

Now, my wife wasn't the least bit interested in sailing before we got the boat five years ago. In the last five years she has grown to love many aspects of the pastime: especially anchoring out and managing the sails. She still is very apprehensive about taking the helm and sailing in heavy (for us) weather. When we started she would be very nervous when the boat heeled or the waves got over 1/2 a metre. The last time we were heeled over at 15 degrees, in 1 1/2 metre waves, she was down below preparing lunch i.e. the conditions didn't faze her.

I was surprised to hear her that it wasn't drowning or abandonment that made her want to stay aboard. Rather it was the concern that she might 'put me out' that motivates her.

I love my wife!
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Did you ask her how she felt about YOU going overboard?
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Lucky dogg QUICK tell her yall need a bigger boat lol.
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Did you ask her how she felt about YOU going overboard?
Shhhh!! Don't give her any ideas!

From one Taffy to another, you're a lucky man. Of course, for that matter, so am I. The day before I proposed we were in 25kt headwinds, choppy seas, I was motoring and my wife was down below eating hot chili while the boat was rolling, soggy and smelling a wee bit of diesel.

She passed the seasickness test that day. No -->

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My wife and I are only married now for 6 months. 4 months ago, she gave me the cash to get this boat! hehehe. But then she has a hobby (that I share with her) of field trialing, which sucks up tons of $$ and I think that helped mitigate the guilt of spending so much on trialing (I mean, geesh I could have a 30 footer on the Chessie for what we spend JUST on the horses!). I thought I had a pretty cool wife.

PS: Get her ASA lessons. Maybe she'll have more "control" over whether she goes in the water, and what to do with a water rescue (as both a rescuer, and rescuee).
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Did you ask her how she felt about YOU going overboard? It did come up and the final word on it was: if I end up overboard I'd be in for a long swim.

Lucky dogg QUICK tell her yall need a bigger boat lol. Working on it!

Get her ASA lessons. Maybe she'll have more "control" over whether she goes in the water, and what to do with a water rescue (as both a rescuer, and rescuee). We have both completed the CPS (Canadian Power & Sail Squadron) boating course and Radio Operator (Marine) course. We took the CYA (Canadian Yachting Association) Intermediate Cruising course - I took the skipper standard, she (by her choice) took the crew standard. In that course we practiced COB scenarios. I think she has a lot of control over whether or not she goes in the water as she hasn't fallen in yet even though she has been on deck to raise the main in some pretty snotty conditions.
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