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Thank you, everyone. I was beginning to wonder if I'm losing my mind! This is all so new and such a great adventure. Now if only my husband would let me retire....
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Ain't gonna happen sweetheart. You're the younger one.
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I remember walking down the dock drunkenly in Sausalito after our 5 day passage down from Vancouver Island. We had not even cracked the bottle of champagne yet to celebrate. Guess the body takes some time to get used to the land.
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Sorry, I can't help but laugh. Not at you, at myself. I stayed on my boat this weekend (it was a little windy). Shortly after getting home, while walking to grab a soda from the frig I felt myself tipping and preceded to miss the doorway into the kitchen and walked right into the wall. Needless to say, it is normal and fun.
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Wait till you do an ocean crossing of 2,000 or 3,000nms.
Not only do you stagger up the dock but you are mesmerised by green and red traffic lights, or any bright color, scared of traffic, and get claustrophobic as soon as the elevator door closes.

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I have the same response sometimes for a couple of days after getting on land. Not severe, but just kinda wierd. I just want to get back on the boat to feel "normal". The WORST for me though is getting on the boat when it is on the hard - can't stand it. My body expects the boat to move and it doesn't - rock solid!
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You got to try working or reading mails on a laptop after a WE cruise
This thing swings from left to right totally out of control!
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"Mal de debarquement" sounds more nautical tho' doesn't it?
In the dark ages pre internet took us a week to find a doctor who knew what it was. Only known cure is a hard reboot of the central nervous system, couple Valium or stiff rums and 12 hours sleep.
Back in the day the cure was getting roaring drunk and waking up in the gutter broke after a long voyage.
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I used to have that problem. Now I only drink rum at sea and scotch on land. My body is now trained to recognize that single malt means we are on land. Multiple drams may be required after longer passages.
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I fell over in the shower when what I assume was a particularly large wave hit Cortez Island in BC several years ago :-))
The longer you are on the boat the longer the rocking seems to last.
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