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Old 02-15-2012, 04:57 AM   #41
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RE: The Admiral

My bride came knowing how to sail, she has her own 30+ ft racer.

First date we went in the 9 ft Grumman and she COULD! sail.


When going out on my 33ft cruiser for the first time , she "accidentally" let her hat blow overboard .

When the MOB drill was complete , and her hat was drying out , my first test was over.

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:22 AM   #42
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bnoft wrote:My wife turns to me and says," Now let me get this straight, if you suffer a heart attack on the boat, I should call 911 or the Coast Guard before I call the yacht broker? Why?"
*Sounds like she has her priorities straight.

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Old 02-15-2012, 03:46 PM   #43
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RE: The Admiral

My previous wife and I hired an instructor on our first charter. She learned to drive the boat in open water quickly, but docking was a lot harder for her. Everything was the instructor fault and I was glad I wasnt the instructor. I finally told the instructor to back off and I just single handed the boat.

I think the worst instructor for teaching someone to operate a boat is a husband/owner. The second worst instructor is a man. Women think different and another woman can teach a women better, especially if the husband is off the boat. I think the women only courses at the trawler fest are a good way to go. If you can afford it, SeaSense is even better.

The other thing that I plan to do (when I finally get a boat) is to install bow and stern thrusters. I know it will cost a lot, but I think thrusters on both ends will give the Admiral a lot more confidence and once she is comfortable docking with both she can start trying to dock without one or the other just encase they ever fail. The key is to keep it enjoyable so she wants to go out! I told my wife she only has to know how to operate the boat well enough to get me medical attention if I ever need it. She could get close and then call the CG or Vessel assist if she needs to.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:49 PM   #44
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RE: The Admiral

My first boat I named after my Admiral.

It's good for at least a couple x-tra trips out with the boys.

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Old 02-15-2012, 05:10 PM   #45
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skipperdude wrote:
My first boat I named after my Admiral.

It's good for at least a couple x-tra trips out with the boys.

Our current boat (last boat?) is named after the Admiral. We were trying to come up with a name. I liked "Bufflehead" for short, stocky boat. Her female friends nixed that. I eventually suggested her name. Big smile and an "okay". I guess that she's not shy or self effacing.

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