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Safety AND Fun
Little Miss Magic,
I agree in principle. The goal is to have FUN and not feel like it a rules cruise. However, unlike a powerboat where things are relatively calm and flat, a sailboat is a dynamic environment, so a little more attention to safety and detail is warranted. People can get very hurt witha swinging boom or flailing line; things to do not happen on a power boat.
My responsibility as a captain, foremost, is the safety of my crew and self, not necessarily to have fun. Obliviously if I can keep my crew safe, then I did my job. As far as having fun, some folks just don't like sailing or don't like the feeling of heeling and therefore they will never be comfortable and have fun. I, and the admiral, do our best to make sure everyone gets a chance to steer and work the lines if they want and become more active and overall enjoy themselves. Some do, some don't.
At the end of the day if everyone leaves unharmed, then I consider it a successful sail, regardless if they had "fun".
You mentioned peeing at 15 to 20 deg heel. We have three "rules" for head use:
1) If you didn't previously eat or drink it, don't flush it.
2) If you are unsure of something when operating the head, get the captain instead of forcing something. And the most important rule for guys,
3) "When at Sea, EVERYONE sits to pee"
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