Join Date: Nov 2007
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Ah, you know, I misread and thought he was not interested in boating at all. I think I easily forget that people do non-sail-boating.
In that case it might be a harder sell. Find out why he's not interested in sailing in particular. If he's anything like my SO, he might have it in his head that sailboats are cramped, wet, drafty, and poorly heated, and is thinking that he does not want to spend his winters at sea that way (if he were my SO and it were my boat, well, he'd be right). If that's the case, try to make it out to the next boat shows and see what's available in the sailboat department. All the production boats manufactured nowadays are very cozy, even in our harsh, slightly-above-freezing northwest winters (sometimes it snows?). Even your West Wight Potter 19 can be made cozy inside.
Next, what sort of other stuff does he like to do? If he's at all competitive, find out when the local races are (Wednesday nights seems to be standard) and head down to the waterfront. You'll notice a distinct lack of powerboat races, but you'll probably see dozens of colorful spinnakers or white sails heeled far over in the breeze. It's quite a thrill. Maybe you could even join a crew together, and even if you're only rail-meat for the first few races, he won't be able to deny the appeal of sailing.
Also, I'd point out that sailboats can generally handle conditions that would keep a motor boat tied to a dock, and which are quite common around here for half the year.
In the end if he loves the roar of his quad 250,000-hp engines or whatever, he's not going to give it up in exchange for puttering along at 3.5 knots, slave to the whimsical winds. In this case, you can still crew on OPBs, join a sailing club, or get a sailing dinghy that he can tow behind his aircraft carrier.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch