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Old 05-18-2018, 05:10 PM   #41
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Interesting how many couples only have one helms-person... a helmsman. Me, I could never do that set-up.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:10 PM   #42
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Interesting how many couples only have one helms-person... a helmsman. Me, I could never do that set-up.
Wifey B: Me either. We actually in our extended family have many more helmswomen than helmsmen. 3 Helmsmen. 7 Helmswomen.
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:06 PM   #43
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My wife takes the helm if I need a nap, need to hit the head, or if I make lunch because she doesn’t enjoy sitting there for long stretches. She is a master at snuggling up to crab pot floats near shore in all manner of weather, so much so that I barely have to reach for them
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:27 PM   #44
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I generally do the piloting. She is there to take a watch when I need a break. So I have only a smaller portion of the time under way to read, which I do a lot of, or other tasks. Occasionally the wind is behind us, so the conditions are good for outside maintenance, sanding, cleaning, polishing, or other more complex chores. She is at the helm then for sure. When things get wet outside I am usually at the helm. There is never a time when nobody has their eye out for the ubiquitous deadhead in our home waters. Even with considerable vigilance, they still creep up on you.
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Old 05-18-2018, 11:53 PM   #45
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For podcasts, check out Freakonomics Radio. Many varied topics, always interesting and thought provoking. I have not listened to "This American Life" in a while, but I would second the recomendation for that as well.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:39 AM   #46
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With our cruising, I am not usually at the helm. I would say that the majority of the time the helm chair is empty with the boat on autopilot.

There are no crab pots to worry about, except on the coastline. No dead heads, or flotsam/jetsam in the water and very few boats outside of Adelaide coastal waters. The main concern is the sea state and the weather. Usually (not always) that is predictable in the short term.

If the weather and sea conditions are nice, we are relaxing in bean bags on the foredeck just enjoying life (usually with the a/p remote handy. If it's cool or raining, we may all be playing cards, and just scanning the horizon for boats between each hand. The card table in the saloon has 360 degree views and only a few steps from the helm.

I can't say that an unexpected danger will never present itself, but I feel the risk of being out of the helm chair is very low.

The only time I've ever had to take sudden evasive action was when hit with a microburst, but there was no avoiding it.

It sounds like most of you guys need to be much more vigilant with boat traffic and junk in the water and you don't stray far from the chair.
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For podcasts, check out Freakonomics Radio. Many varied topics, always interesting and thought provoking. I have not listened to "This American Life" in a while, but I would second the recomendation for that as well.
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For podcasts, check out Freakonomics Radio. Many varied topics, always interesting and thought provoking. I have not listened to "This American Life" in a while, but I would second the recomendation for that as well.


Iím currently listening to these. They are very interesting.
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If you enjoy podcasts, check this one out Cardude.



https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/226523-ants/



And this one..



https://www.thisamericanlife.org/61/fiasco



I can see the ant wars being played out around our house right now, although I think they are different clans of Carpenter ants, and the Fiasco story of the production of Peter Pan is about as funny as it gets.

Excellent. Will check them out.
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