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Re: Making it comfortable for her
Please don't put that hammock on your 22 footer!
By the way, if you have a shelf foot main, and eased main halyard, instant hammock, just saying... Watch for the accidental gybe though.
However, I love Denise's response. My wife isn't into sailing, and I've wondered if there was some way to get her to see why I love it so. She's sailed with me a bunch of times when I had my 22, when I went to my 25, she only went a couple of times. Obviously I have gotten more confident in my sailing abilities, so could be I'm pushing the boat more and she's still in the same place.. I dunno.
First, my wife is no shrinking violet... She rides horses, participates in what is a male dominated sport (running bird dogs), swims well, and isn't even slightly afraid of water.
I don't want to get REAL far off topic, but frankly, on a 22 footer, you need a decent head, a comfy mattress, and generally enough space to sit up straight. That should work for overnights on the 22, as long as tight quarters are OK with her (and both of you).
But I'd love to get back on the how do you really get the disinterested wife to look at sailing as the destination, not as a means of transport. Obviously it's tiller-time, but I can't even get the wife to want to try it (which is unusual for her, because she wants to try just about anything). That's really not a gender thing either, as you can spot others that think the same way... usually the ones that go, you know, if you had a motorboat, you'd have gotten there in 1/4 the time.
Sorry didn't mean to hijack.
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.