Friday, 16 February 2018

One Woman's Tale - Suburbia to being a cruising sailor.

Sailing the world's seas is a far cry from Karen's previous life in the suburbs. Below is a recent interview with her about how she came to be a cruising sailor and her life afloat.



Hi Karen! Who are you and what do you do?


I'm a 51 year old daughter, mother, grandmother, wife and cruising sailor. I have had a diverse career spanning from serving in the Australian Defence Forces to event management then to being a full time practicing visual artist. I now live on a 42 foot yacht with my husband of 32 years. We've been sailing full time since 2011 and have lived on latest boat Our Dreamtime since March 2014.

All sounds exciting! Can you tell us more about your adventures?

We started our sailing as crew on other peoples boats. We'd planned to sell some real estate to buy a yacht of our own but circumstances made it impossible at the time so rather than not sailing we decided this was the best option. We also thought this would be a good way of finding out if we were just in love with the romantic idea of sailing off over the oceans full time or, if the reality of long distance cruising was really for us. We have now sailed about 17,000 nautical miles (22,000 klms) around the top of Australia, throughout South East Asia, the Mediterranean, England and extensively around the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.

It wasn't fair winds and calm seas to begin with,
but we never gave up on the Dream.



Stuff it ... Let's go sailing anyway. Available on Amazon.



Sailing lets you go to places humans rarely visit


Helming Moksha down the Italian Coastline
How did it all start?

We began by doing some sailing courses that teach you the basics through to our RYA Skippers Certification. We then applied on internet sites that match boat owners with crew.... A bit like an online dating agency. We  accepted an offer to crew on a 57 foot boat leaving from Cairns, Australia in 2011 and sailing to Malaysia on a four month trip. It  was the beginning of us truly falling in love with the cruising life.

After that we crewed with some excellent skippers on different boats in Asia, the Med and Atlantic. It was great and we learnt so much that had us far better prepared to sail a yacht of our own. The Indonesian trip started it all for us but was also a very interesting adventure in human dynamics and not without its dramas.


Oh ... How so?  Well now that's a story in itself .... You could write a book about it. Oh! That's right. Rob did.



How did your family and friends react at the beginning? Were they supportive of your lifestyle?

We departed for over two years just after this photo was taken.
Lyla our Granddaughter was 5 weeks old. Her younger
brother was born while we were in the Mediterranean. 

Well .... Half our friends think we are mad. The other half want to be us, but all seem really intrigued with what we are doing. My parents have been very supportive, saying "we put you on this earth to live life ... So live it! " Our kids had all different reactions Rod, the eldest really misses his Dad when we are away for extended periods. Yasmin, the middle child says we "are the most financially irresponsible parents she knows ... But go for it!" and Felicity, our youngest, is excited for us but always worries where we are. She keeps close track of us.

Fortunately, modern internet based communications make it easy to stay in touch with family and friends.



Far out in the Coral Sea at North East Herald Cay 360 klms off the Australian coast.

Could you tell us more about the way you travel?

We basically have traveled in the direction the wind fills our sails so to speak. We can have a plan but from one day to the next it changes to suit the circumstances. We have a general idea of what we want to do but it is up to weather most of the time. We have also jumped at unexpected opportunities that have come our way.... Delivering boats for owners, helping as crew when needed on others doing passages and even leading a Charter Flotilla around the Greek Isles for a northern summer.

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Tunisa is a country I had really never thought of visiting but it
proved a fantastic experience sailing there on Moksha.
What has been your favourite place to sail?

Oh .... can I say everywhere ... (laughs).... To be honest when the opportunity came to sail the Mediterranean it was unexpected so we jumped at it. We were going to be sailing the Pacific that year but our crewing opportunity fell through. So at the last minute we were headed for the Med to sail on a 72 foot super yacht called Moksha. Every moment in the Mediterranean was special. But I must admit sailing with friends and family is fantastic. To share just a little bit of our lifestyle, to take them on a journey to discover amazing places and to show them we are not totally crazy ... (laughs) ... That's the BEST!

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How did you decide on the boat's name?

Our Dreamtime in Fitzroy Reef lagoon.
We always wanted an Australian name. Something that represented who we were. It's our Dream ... It's our Time ... It represents our Past, Present and Future. It's our story to tell generations ... It's "Our Dreamtime"


We knew the previous boat we sailed for a couple of years in the Mediterranean was not going to be our 'forever boat' so we didn't want to use the name then but we stayed with the theme and named her "Alcheringa" which is an aboriginal word for the The Dreamtime.



Why sailing? Has it always been the dream?


We fell in love with cruising life sailing in Indonesia.
No it was never really the plan. We had both had time on the water before Marriage, Mortgage and Kids. We actually met at the famous Airlie Beach Yacht Race in the Whitsundays. We knew we wanted to travel when we retired but that was about the extent of our thinking.

I had a wake up call a number of years ago with the passing of a very close friend before she turned 50 ...None of us know how long we have so I said to Rob "We go now while we can and do something adventurous with our lives." He took a little time to come around then our choices came down to riding Harley Davidson's around Europe or sailing. Having limited funds, sailing is a cheaper way of life with travel as the added benefit thrown in so sailing won.


You are a very dynamic and outgoing person, how do you go about meeting new people?

Out cruisng you can be quite isolated and we can go days if not weeks without seeing another boat when sailing remote areas. We meet people through Facebook, Instagram and our blog. These people give us an opportunity to share our world and be our virtual crew, but unbeknown to them they are supplying a constant contact to the "real world' for us at the same time. When we find other boats in an anchorage we tend to invite them over for "Sundowners". I also love to cook on board so that's another opportunity to entertain. It's a great opportunity to meet people. We are constantly amazed at how diverse the sailing community is. We've developed an incredible international network of new friends.


Sundowners are a tradition among sailing cruisers .


What do you love most about your travels and what do you find the most challenging?


I do love the solitude, how time slows down, how the small things in life are important, how each sunset is so important to us now that we share them all. I love seeing new places, discovering the world's hidden treasures that are not on the tourist map. However, yes, there are challenging moments. Weather always plays a part in every minute of your day. Maintaining your boat is a constant work in progress. "Cruising is fixing things in exotic locations" is a well repeated saying for a very good reason. Being self reliant and self sufficient is challenging. Having self belief in your abilities to problem solve when you can't call an electrician or plumber is important.


I love your positivity. How do you plan your finances to be able to afford traveling? What are your income sources?

Now this is one of our most asked questions. So far we have funded our sailing out of our spendings (other people have "savings" we have "spendings") We progressively sold off the big family house, a rental property, the flash cars, the etc, etc ... We have retained a small house that is rented and paying for itself and bit left over each month for us. We wanted a safety net so if in case of illness or for whatever reason we couldn't continue to sail we would have something to come back to.

We blog, we write books, we sell boat merchandise, we YouTube and I sell my artwork. Compared to our previous life, we now live very, very cheaply! We were surprised at how little you need in life to be happy. You really don't need all the "Stuff" you spend ridiculous amounts of money on.

When we are back in Australia we try to do find work to top up the kitty. Last year we flew off to Europe and worked leading flotillas of Charter Yachts around the Greek Isles. At the moment we're back in Brisbane working to build the funds up to head off in Our Dreamtime again. Books available on Amazon 



Setting up an exhibition of Karen's work and the book launch of "Stuff it Let's go Sailing Anyway"

What advice would you give to those who want to follow your lead?

Beside Moksha in Grand Harbour Malta
If you are unhappy change what you are doing. Just do it! You will never know what you're missing until you do. You don't know how long you have on this earth so do whatever it is you love. You only get one life. Make the most of it. Every one of those cliches are true.

If moving to the country is your thing do it. If it's sailing be aware not all days are blue skies, calm turquoise seas and champagne in hand. Lots of days are just about making sea miles to get to those exotic destinations we write about. But that's what makes it worth it. What ever it is that will make you happy, don't wait. That perfect time may never come before it's too late..


In a few words sum up what the cruising lifestyle has given you.

Freedom, travel, togetherness with my soulmate and the opportunity to have a life rather than an existence.

Working as Flotilla Leaders for Greek Sails in 2017


So Karen, what is next for you?

What next? ... Watch this space. Even we never quite know what's over the horizon for us.

And a last mandatory question for the music lovers, what’s on your playlist?

Well I'm a bit of an old fashioned girl and I love my easy listening, jazz and blues ... Eagles, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Art Tatum to name a few but there's plenty of everything on my Ipod except rapp..




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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Your boat craves love and attention too – ignore her at your peril.


A short trip in Moreton Bay revealed that Our Dreamtime was yet to forgive us for leaving her while we ventured overseas.

Our Dreamtime spent much of 2017 tied to the dock while we headed off on our jaunt sailing the Greek Isles as flotilla leaders for Greek Sails on the island of Poros. (See that story HERE.) We prepared her for our absence as well as possible and had friends check on her regularly while we were gone. They even ran the engine for a while on their visits. Regardless, she still looked a little forlorn when we returned with a layer of bird droppings everywhere and growth along the waterline. We immediately began all the work we had intended to do over the winter before we were waylaid by the opportunity to get paid to sail in beautiful Greece.

Our Dreamtime spent most of 2017 tied to this pontoon appeared to resent being left alone.

A number of weeks passed by the time we serviced all our sails, refitted them and the running rigging, cleaned the boat from bow to stern above and below decks etc, etc. Then it was time to finally throw the lines off and move her from the private pontoon in Raby Bay she’d been laid up at back to our usual Brisbane base at East Coast Marina in the Manly Harbour.

Our host John waves us off as we head for Manly Boat Harbour.

The Sunday afternoon trip didn’t go well. As we left the dock, we immediately realised the engine was not producing the drive it should. As the transmission was completely overhauled not long ago, Rob immediately suspected our feathering prop was probably fouled with marine growth reducing its efficiency. Never the less, we could manoeuvre so we continued. No sooner had we reached the main channel out from the canals then the motor died.

There was a 15-20 knot breeze but we weren’t set up for raising sail yet so rather than risk being blown into the shallows we dropped anchor just outside the channel while Rob investigated. A quick bleed of the fuel system to remove an air lock had the engine running again and after raising the anchor complete with a few cubic metres of black, sticky mud we were back underway. As soon as we cleared the channel, the genoa was unfurled and we ran north downwind before the stiff breeze towards Manly.

Heading north under headsail. 

To reduce the likelihood of the engine stopping again when we needed it most, we re-bled the fuel system just before entering the channel to Manly Harbour. We had been allocated a reasonably tight, inside berth in the marina and, with the wind still up over 15 knots, we weren’t keen on the prospect of losing power while we were trying to manoeuvre in confined space.  Our Dreamtime’s long, full keel is beautiful in open water but she handles like a barge in close quarters.

We negotiated our way in through the breakwaters and proceeded to East Coast Marina where we entered our alley and began the hard turn to port towards our pen. That was the exact moment we lost all rudder control with 15+ knots of wind blowing beam on. Karen was on deck ready to step off with the mooring line as Rob yelled to her that he had no steering and the bow blew sideways past our pen and towards other moored boats.

Fortunately there was a tight space on the main finger and controlling Our Dreamtime’s sideways progress with judicious application of forward and astern power we blew gently alongside with less than a metre clearance fore and aft to the motor boats each side. Bow, stern and spring lines were quickly secured and we both stepped back looking around and trying to work out what the hell just happened. First action was to grab a couple of cold beers for the frazzled crew and a little sit down for our heart rates to settle.

We took this shot of our impromptu berth before moving next morning. It was a bit short of space fore and aft.

On investigation we found a hydraulic line to the rudder had burst under our bunk in the stern spreading hydraulic fluid everywhere and instantly disabling the steering. Oh joy! Between this, the engine cutting out and the severely reduced drive being delivered by the prop we were getting the feeling Our Dreamtime was not happy and punishing us for leaving her behind while we flitted off to Greece.

With a couple of long lines and the assistance of the marina staff with their dinghy, we manoeuvred the ketch into our berth the next morning and began repairs. The clean up revealed the hydraulic line had been lightly touching the hull but over the ages it had worn though the casing developing a weak spot that chose that critical moment to burst. We had a replacement line made up, fitted it then faced the fun of bleeding air out of the lines. Unfortunately the Whitby boat works never included bleed nipples in the Hynautic steering system so all we could do was try to crack the fittings open and bleed things there as well as possible. After a number of goes  repeatedly topping up and re-pressurising the fluid reservoir, the rudder was moving lock to lock again at the behest of the wheel.

Then it was Bumble Bee our 14 month old inflatable dinghy that became the petulant one. We had stored it at Karen’s parents place while we were away but it had developed a leak and was now a sorry sight. We used our tried and proven repair process (Read about that HERE ) and had it pumped up and rock solid in an afternoon. We then left it there ready for transporting back to the boat. Karen’s Dad rang us the next day to tell us it was flat as a tack again. When we returned and tried to pump it up we found about 30 cm (12 inches) of a seam on the starboard pontoon had come unglued. We spent a day reglueing it then laying a patch right over the spot, letting it all set properly and then re-inflating. The soapy water test indicated it was air tight and all good. A couple of days later we got another phone call. You guessed it, flat again. Another trip out to see what was wrong this time revealed the seam we’d repaired was perfect but another had released in a different spot. 

We hardly needed the soapy water test to see our 14 month old inflatable was falling apart in front of our eyes.

OK that’s it. Time to go back to the boat, tear the Nav Station apart to find the warranty card which confirmed our memory that the dinghy had come with a three year guarantee. We then fired off an email with photos to the online company we’d bought it off hoping for the best but expecting far less. It took a bit of to-ing and froe-ing over a couple of weeks but they eventually acknowledged the glue in that batch of dinks may have not been up to tropical conditions and said they now used a superior heat bonding method on the seams. They then shipped us a brand new replacement which was a pretty good win for us.

In the meantime Rob had spotted a three metre aluminium dinghy with 8hp Yamaha outboard for sale at an attractive price and we grabbed it as Our Dreamtime’s new tender. No more air leaks to worry about and the 8hp motor is a lot lighter than our existing 15hp Mercury to lift and handle. We now plan to sell the new inflatable and Mercury.

Our new tender 'Tinnie To"prior to fitting a protective bumper all around and her attachment points for the davits.

So with that all overcome and Christmas fast approaching when our kids and their families would be on holidays, we started planning  some early January trips out in Moreton Bay of a few days at a time to have some of them on board. But Our Dreamtime wasn’t finished punishing us for neglecting her yet.

The week before Christmas, we were doing a few checks in the marina with the motor running when a loud screaming noise began in the engine room. A bearing in the main alternator had seized. We unbolted it and had to an auto-electrician the next day but when his report came back it wasn’t good news. The internals had been damaged when the bearing locked up and it wasn’t practical to repair. A search on the internet found that the alternator originated in Seattle in the U.S.A. but we couldn’t find any Australian stockist. The U.S. company didn’t return any of the emails we tried over the next couple of days so we gave up on that avenue.

One dead alternator.

With most businesses now closing for the holidays, our sailing with the family was now looking doubtful. We had bought a brand new alternator of a different brand cheap at a clearance sale as a possible spare some time previously but it needed different mounts and had no pulley. Enter Karen's father, Trevor, with a wealth of old school skills. In his backyard he manufactured a new bracket to suit and machined the pulley off the old alternator to fit the new one. If we’d been able to source the steel he required to make a custom nut needed to secure the pulley we would have been mobile. Unfortunately all the suppliers closed for two weeks and the boat stayed on the dock again, but not for the want of trying this time.

Karen's father, Trevor, turned this lump of steel into a bespoke nut to make our old alternator's pulley usable on the new one.

When the steel suppliers re-opened after the break we got a lump of 50mm round steel bar and Trevor jumped on his lathe to machine up a new nut to fit the altered pulley. He arrived at the marina with the alternator, mounts etc and everything bolted straight in with the drive belts in perfect alignment. Our Dreamtime was running again. Never knock the old guys. They can do magic. Thanks a million Trevor!!!!!!!!

One brand new alternator fitted courtesy of old school wizardry.

So the good news was that we had a mobile boat once more. That bad news was that through the middle of January, Rob was booked up pretty solid back doing television for the 400 Thunder Drag Racing series. Well good for the bank account maybe but bad for any plans to go sailing. So Our Dreamtime sat on the dock a little longer.

Rob back in front of the camera earning some cruising funds

With Rob’s commitments fulfilled for the time being, we got serious about getting the boat ready to sail again. For the third year running, a special guest, Emily, was flying over from Washington DC to spend some time sailing with us. Emily is a delightful young lady we hosted as a Rotary Exchange Student back in 2004. She is now a Medical Professional and loves returning to visit her Rotary families and has taken a particular liking to sailing with us. We really wanted to make sure everything was ship shape for her visit.

Our Rotary Exchange daughter Emily is always a welcome guest on board and we wanted to make sure everything was ready for her latest visit.

We decided on having three day outing to Moreton Island over the Australia Day holiday weekend as a sea trial before Emily joined us. We could buddy sail with good friends Bob and Lyn on Whoosh which is always a lot of fun. The clear water over there would also be the perfect place for Rob to free dive under the boat to scrape growth off the propeller. He wasn’t keen to do it in the marina due to the lack of water clarity and the presence of bull sharks which are known to be aggressive at times.

Our new tender ‘Tinnie To’ was fitted with a bumper strip right around to protect the yacht’s paint when she’s alongside the hull and had lift points added to suit the davits. She hangs off the stern very securely now. The yacht’s fuel and water were all topped up, copious food and drinks loaded on board and we were ready to go.

We cast off the lines late Thursday afternoon for what should have been a very short trip across to Green Island where we would anchor for the night before continuing on to Moreton Island in the morning. There we planned to enjoy Australia Day. We quickly found the steering was very slow and the boat now had even less drive from the prop than when we’d moved it from Raby Bay. Maneuvering in the tight confines of the marina was quite a challenge as she simply did not respond much to throttle or helm. Fortunately our friends Bob and Lyn were on hand and assisted fending us off our neighbors at one point until we were pointed in the right direction.

We made it out into the channel safely but quickly discovered our speed was limited to about three knots despite using maximum revs. Clearly the propeller was fouled a lot worse than we thought. It was an agonisingly slow trip over to Green Island where we were very pleased to get the anchor down and the boat secured for the night. When Whoosh arrived and dropped nearby we informed Bob & Lyn of our troubles and said we would be staying put the next day so we could hopefully fix our problems. They very generously said they would stay with us in case we needed any assistance which was hugely appreciated.

Next morning Rob dug out our spare hydraulic fluid and re-bled the steering hoping to remove any remaining air trapped in the lines which may have been responsible for the steering issues. He then donned the snorkelling gear and had his first look under the boat. The good news was that the anti-foul is still doing a good job of keeping growth off the hull which he found to be mostly clear. The bad news was that the feathering Maxi-Prop propeller was covered in barnacles. So much for the extremely expensive Prop Speed treatment we’d had applied. It failed completely.  Worse still, the growth had seized the moveable blades and they were locked out of position which instantly explained the previous afternoon’s hopeless performance.

Rob spent a lot of time in the water scraping barnacles off the propeller and cleaning right around the water line.


Rob got stuck into giving it a good going over with a scrapper which took quite a while but got the prop all clean and the blades moving freely. While in the water he also cleaned the growth that had accumulated above the anti-fouling around the water line. We then lifted the anchor, made a few trouble free zig zag turns around the bay to test the results of our efforts then moved in closer to the beach and re-anchored.

All morning we had watched a constant stream of boats head out from Manly Harbour and past us on their way to Moreton Island for the long weekend. It was clearly going to be very crowded over there so both the Our Dreamtime and Whoosh crews saw the relative calm of staying at Green Island as a better option for the holiday weekend and resolved to celebrate with a beach barbecue right where we were.

Rob inflating an Aussie icon while Karen and Bob provide the encouragement.
Karen doing it tough at Green Island.

Bob tending the barbecue with Rob tending bar.

A very relaxing afternoon was spent celebrating Australia’s National Day lazing in the warm water with cool drinks, cooking up a huge feed and enjoying  great company. In fact, we had such a good time we elected to repeat the exercise the next day with more of the same.

Whoosh's SUP made an excellent in water table for drinks and snacks.
SV Whoosh at anchor off Green Island.

The Sunday forecast indicated winds from the South East picking up to 20 plus knots in the middle of the day so we planned to head back into the marina before they arrived. We arose at a leisurely hour in the morning with the breeze still down around 10 knots and casually went about lifting the dinghy onto the davits and preparing the boat for the short run across to the marina. Then it happened. You’ve heard of trouble coming in threes, well after our steering and propeller issues, the start battery picked this moment to join trio. It failed to turn the engine over and when we checked the battery monitor it showed an anaemic 11.1 volts. Although it has never given any sign of trouble in the past, it was on the boat when we bought her. We had no way of knowing exactly how old it is so assumed that it was simply reaching the end of its usable lifespan.

The house battery bank was looking OK but unfortunately it’s located on a slide out tray under the engine room floor and very difficult to get at. Jump boosting from it to the start is not really an option without a couple of hours work to access it by removing among other things, the holding tank for the heads. Possible but not desirable, particularly with a strong wind change on its way soon.  However this is where we did have a stroke of luck.

Ever since we moved on board Our Dreamtime in 2014 we had been meaning to get around to paying our few dollars and joining the local Volunteer Coast Guard’s Marine Assist program but it was something we just never got around to. They do a great job and it was very remiss of us that we hadn’t yet got off our backsides in over three years and done it. Well, among the checks Rob did on Thursday before our trip, he turned on the VHF radio to make sure it was OK. Almost immediately a routine radio call to the Manly Coast came on air.  It was just the trigger needed for him to go online, register and pay the $80 annual subscription.

That $80 was looking like the best money we’d spent in ages as we sat  stuck at anchor with a flat battery just a few minutes from the Manly Coast Guard base by fast cat. A quick phone call to the boys and they launched within 10 minutes and arrived alongside with a couple of booster packs that had the 80HP Ford Lehman motor running very quickly and all for free.. Thanks guys. Job well done. It certainly pays to be a member.

Engine started and it's time for the paperwork. The Volunteer Coast Guard guys do an awesome job.

Thankfully, the trip back into the marina was trouble free and we manoeuvred very easily back into our berth despite the cross wind piping up to 15 knots. After securing the boat and a bit of a tidy up it was time to continue celebrating the Australia Day weekend with the Whoosh crew on board. Both boats had over provisioned with crazy amounts of food so we fired up the barbecue on the stern to make some more of it disappear accompanied by a wine or two. Very enjoyable.

Despite Our Dreamtime still spanking us a little for perceived neglect we were so glad to have got out of the marina again and enjoyed ourselves with great friends. When other yachties walked past enquiring how our weekend was we had no problem replying. ‘Great! We had a really good time.’

The steering and propeller were now fine and thanks to All Star Batteries at Brendale we had a new replacement start battery at a great price very quickly. 

The boat had now received lots of love and attention and was all ready for a few days on the bay with our American guest. That is until the remains of a tropical cyclone heading south from near New Caledonia whipped up thirty knot plus winds and big seas. Oh well. We can’t blame Our Dreamtime for being harbour locked this time. Sorry Emily. We will get you out on the boat again next visit and promise to keep showering our girl with lots of love in the meantime so she’s ready for you.

Our Dreamtime and Whoosh anchored up together.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

'Our Dreamtime' featured in State's most popular newspaper.


Pic by Jamie Hanson - Sunday Mail

The January 14 edition of the Sunday Mail newspaper here in Queensland featured a three page article about three different couples living aboard boats. We were lucky enough to be one of  those featured talking about how we became cruisers and our life on Our Dreamtime. As the Sunday Mail is read by around 700,000 people each week, it was a nice piece of positive media promoting the live aboard lifestyle. The feature article was written by the Sunday Mail's Kay Dibben, a Women Who Sail Australia member.  Jamie Hanson shot the cool photos. Thanks team. You did a great job.

Here is a link to the article on the Sunday Mail / Courier Mail website.

 'Wave Goodbye to Nine to Five' by Kay Dibben



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Our Galley's Latest Blog Juicing or Smoothies which is healthier?


Juicing and smoothies are all the rage right now. While both can boost your fruit and vegetable intake and are great for getting a variety of produce into your diet, one is the better choice. But which one? find out in Our Galley latest blog with 6 great recipes, to get you started.


Friday, 8 December 2017

30 Reasons why sailing is safer than sex.

Who'd have thought?

1.You don't have to hide your collection of sailing magazines. 


2. Looking at sailing websites is unlikely to result in downloading a computer virus.


3. It's perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to sail with you once in a while.


4. Nobody expects you to only sail with one person your whole life.


5. It’s OK to talk about sailing in front of the kids.


6. If your partner takes pictures or videos of you sailing, you don't have to worry about them showing up on the Internet if you become famous.

7. No politician ever lost his job for sailing with the wrong person.


8. Going sailing is highly unlikely to result in unplanned little sailors.




9. Sailing with your dog doesn’t mean you're weird.

10. Your sailing partner doesn't get upset about people you sailed with long ago.

11. It's perfectly respectable to sail with family members.



12. Nobody expects sailing to be fantastic every time.

13. It’s perfectly respectable to be seen walking into a sailing shop.

14. Being good with ropes is viewed as a skill rather than a fetish.

15. When you see a really good sailor, you don't have feel guilty about imagining the two of you sailing together.


16. Size doesn't matter. You can enjoy sailing regardless.

17. When dealing with a sailing pro, you never have to wonder if he’s really an undercover cop.

18. You can have a sailing calendar on your wall at the office, tell sailing jokes, and invite co-workers to sail with you without getting sued for harassment or sex discrimination at work.

19. Nobody expects you to give up sailing if your partner loses interest in it.



20. Nobody will ever tell you that if you sail by yourself, you’ll go blind.

21. Enjoying a quick sail is not regarded as under performance by your partner.

22. If you want to watch sailing on television, you don't have to subscribe to the Playboy channel and you don’t need to feel guilty watching on the family TV.




23. It's OK to be thinking about fishing while you're sailing.

24. There are no sailing-transmitted diseases. (Other than poverty)

25. Experiencing wind when sailing won’t upset your partner.

26. Your sailing partner will never say, "Not again? We just sailed last week! Is sailing all you ever think about?"

27. Sailing in public won't get you arrested.


28. Group sailing is not seen as kinky.

29. Swinging is socially acceptable when anchored.

30. Using electronic aids is normal.

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