Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Guests on my boat
Guests are what we do and why we have the boat we have. Probably 15 weekends per year, minimum. Two weeks ago, we had 8 aboard, including us, overnight.
Family, friends, clients, colleagues. All of the above. Some know how to sail, most don't. All ask to come back and we can't fit everyone in every year. Family and kids come first.
Almost all have been excellent experiences, even though there has been the occasional mal de mer, or the cranky friend (just recovering from cancer surgery, totally forgivable).
The scenario that is beginning to get us down is the endless talkers. Getting some private, quiet time is important when you live together aboard. All but one of our guests, over the past 8 years, has stayed aboard. I am usually up first and will make a few pots of coffee to put in the big pump carafe and then sit down to read quietly (often here). Some will get up and join me and find a corner to read and watch the sunrise. Many will start yacking the moment their cabin door opens and not stop until they pass out that evening. Don't get me wrong, the time to party and get loud will come later for all of us. But, geez, take a breath.
We've been cruising alone for the past week and have not yet been to a slip or mooring. We're currently anchored alone in a huge cove. I've literally gone to shore three times in the past seven days. It's been glorious, but now it's time for some more excitement. We're heading off to get our fill of restaurants, some family and some tourism. By Monday, were sailing off alone again.
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