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Old 04-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #21
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Being there are only a few active females on TrawlerForum! Living Aboard Forum, Life Aboard • Home has more female topics of interest. As mentioned most of us do more and/or help with the domestic chores and show our affection/ appreciation.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:53 PM   #22
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PHIL! Maybe we need to get the ladies more enthused over here instead of sending them off somewhere else!
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:37 PM   #23
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...us guys often do more of the housework and cooking and cleaning up while out on the boat than we would at home, sort of as a thank you to our partners for going along....
No freakin' way, mate. My idea of cooking is using a can opener. My idea of gourmet cooking is using a platinum can opener. The only cooking I do on the boat is an occasional bout with the propane grill on the flying bridge.

As for cleaning up, my wife and I have a nice working arrangement. I rebuild toilets and do stuff in the engine room. She washes dishes, puts things away, and is basically responsible for anything and everything having to do with the galley and keeping the interior of the boat clean.

The situation is no different at home. For Christmas I got her a commercial grade dual fuel (gas burners, electric oven and warming oven) range. I DO NOT operate this device nor do I have any interest in doing so. She tells me it's very easy--- you don't even have to touch it, you can just talk to it to light off burners and set and start the oven and stuff--- but no, I steer well clear of that particular room in the house.

It's not because I think the kitchen and cooking is a woman's job or anything like that. It's because I have absolutely no, zero, zip, nada interest in cooking or anything to do with cooking. Absolutely none. Cooking to me is the second greatest waste of time on the planet, the first being yard work. I don't do either one.

At least on the boat there isn't any yard.
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If you're referring to my last post it was a response to Peter's statement about guys doing more of the cooking and cleaning chores on a boat as a way of thanking their wives for coming along on the boat.
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No freakin' way, mate. My idea of cooking is using a can opener. My idea of gourmet cooking is using a platinum can opener. The only cooking I do on the boat is an occasional bout with the propane grill on the flying bridge.
Geez! There's still a few of us left?
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Wow, such a lot of good advice (before the guys took over... no just kidding) I have to read through some of that stuff again. There is actually a sailrite (sp?) machine at the local boaters resale that I keep eyeballing but I don't want to make more work for myself...
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Wow, such a lot of good advice (before the guys took over... no just kidding) I have to read through some of that stuff again. There is actually a sailrite (sp?) machine at the local boaters resale that I keep eyeballing but I don't want to make more work for myself...
Deidra, if it's a deal buy it!! If you have space on board, keep it on the boat. But...if it's not cheap, buy a new one direct for the service after the sale. I looked all over for a cheap used one, and for what would have been 100 bucks savings, I have gotten 100 times that in advice and service from the sailrite team. And, the money you will save in making new or repairing old canvas, curtains, cushions and upholstery is well worth the money spent.

Add it to the list. If I get to go cruising, the sailrite comes with me.
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Thanks! I hadn't thought about the customer service. Now I'll have to research one online...
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What women want aboard is not much different that what they want ashore...and you'll find a way to accommodate the desires (of both) if boating is to continue.

For our 3 years living aboard, the adventure was paramount. We didn't have running water or any kind of refrigeration. Our 'baking' ended up being in a pressure cooker over an alcohol stove.

When push comes to shove...you'll find a way, or you'll find an excuse.
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No, believe me I know what women want! I've been married most of my entire life and have learned a lot about what women really want.
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No, believe me I know what women want! I've been married most of my entire life and have learned a lot about what women really want.
Does it include chasing defenseless birds and dumping chemical-laden refrigerators overboard?
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If you're referring to my last post it was a response to Peter's statement about guys doing more of the cooking and cleaning chores on a boat as a way of thanking their wives for coming along on the boat.
Ok, with the exception of Marin, and maybe Walt...

Mind you, in Marin's case anyway, his wife is possibly even keener than he is on the boating thing, so she is clearly more like Jennifer and these others on here. In fact I even asked for a wife swap, purely in a crew capacity, I should add, but he said no way Jose...darn it...
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Does it include chasing defenseless birds and dumping chemical-laden refrigerators overboard?
Sometimes!

My wife is a real sports nut (except football, basketball. baseball, tennis, etc.) She is a Zip Liner, fisherwoman, kayaker, swimmer, diver, and horse woman. (Suffice is to say, she is very pretty too!) Had to get that in as sometimes she reads TF.
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Yeah my husband doesn't have to thank me for coming on the boat. Probably why we are installing a dishwasher! Since neither one of us has any motivation to be the one to wash them manually to reward the other for being there!!
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Tom doesn't need to thank me for coming to the boat either. He does however need to thank me once in a while for saying "honey, let's get a boat".

Thinking of more things onboard I love. The heated blanket. The icemaker. My big sun hat. Favorite books. Charts of the Bahamas to dream about. Binoculars and my camera. Oh...and the little shop vac...very important. And....anywhere chairs!
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Tom doesn't need to thank me for coming to the boat either. He does however need to thank me once in a while for saying "honey, let's get a boat".

Thinking of more things onboard I love. The heated blanket. The icemaker. My big sun hat. Favorite books. Charts of the Bahamas to dream about. Binoculars and my camera. Oh...and the little shop vac...very important. And....anywhere chairs!
My husband actually used my little shop vac to empty the engine oil in our sailboat. Not one if his best moments. Luckily this new boat has a better setup for changing oil.
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I read somewhere that when you have a small galley, you should plan for one person to cook and the other to clean... each having a turn in the small space. I'm kinda keen to see if we can make that work. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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