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I made a convert!!!!
So our trawler owning dockmates expressed an interest in sailing, and we took them out last weekend. It seems the husband had an agenda as he never took the wheel only encouraging his wife to take the boat. Winds last weekend were pretty high so we reefed in a bit but the boat was moving quite well and they got a good dose of what sailing is about. She had a pretty good feel for the boat and only needed a bit of guidance to keep from heading too high and flogging the sails. I talked her through several tacks, with her husband handling the jib and main, then we hove to for a comfortable lunch then headed back to the marina where she had the thrill of passing another similar sized boat, drawing out the dormant "two sailboats on the same tack are always racing" gene. As they left the boat last week, I told my wife I thought they really enjoyed it.
Last night I got an E-mail that they are looking at Benteau. Whoo-Hooo! I"ve brought someone to the light!!!
Well partly. I think they'll keep their trawler and buy a smaller Beneteau for daysailing.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36