Date: 21 February 2019. Dating for
Boaters - Part 1.
A long time subscriber on the
Pacific coast asked how to find a lady to share his journey afloat.
He wants to find a partner to cruise with aboard his boat. Frankly
it can get lonesome out here. I believe it is easier to find someone
when you are based shore-side versus living *on the hook. Here's how
I would find The One.
*on the hook: at anchor
Wonderful sunsets abound. As for me, I love watching
the wildlife. If you enjoy that
sort of thing too, volunteer at a bird sanctuary to find others who
share that interest.
Blue heron ↑ atop
a piling. Herons eat fish. One this size could eat a foot long
Details on the heron, as found in
Birds of North America book:
Please remember I
am not a 20-year-old seeking adventure. At this stage of my life I
value safety. Like most women I nest. For me that is aboard my boat.
Your job is to prove that your boat can be a home, and a comfortable
one at that.
Or, find a woman
who has her own boat!
This is my favorite place to be:
The dinette aboard Seaweed overlooks my domain. This
is my happy spot. The view is fabulous.
Do you have a place for a woman to relax and sit comfortably
on your boat?
I discussed this topic in the
If the Deck Shoe Fits
article. A lady may imagine herself relaxing after you've grilled a
freshly caught fish, later watching the stars march
across the sky.
It is unlikely that said woman will immediately wish
to drop all of her land-based pleasures to sail off the horizon with
you. Presenting said adventure as a shorter term sabbatical is a
An ideal partner is one who has an interest in your
Being asked aboard for a short boat ride is great. That's FUN!
Relaxing in the cockpit of S/V Oramae is a great way to make new
friends. Cap'n Dave on the right.
Don't go out for dinner. That's expensive!!! You don't
want to be thought of as a meal ticket.
A bite to eat aboard your boat is fine.
Trust me when I say you don't want a high-maintenance individual.
Going "all out" for those initial dates/outings is usually a
mistake. Simply be yourself.
If you're not confident about your cooking skills,
sandwiches at the grocery store. Add a package of seedless grapes if
you wish. Grapes are a healthy snack food and most people like them.
Pick red ones, as they are the sweetest. DO NOT chose the large round
Globe grapes. That kind has seeds.
I believe men worth knowing are happy and successful.
Being the happy guy or gal will
net you more friendships than you can imagine. One might just
blossom into something more. I have been blessed
with many friends over the years. For you, I wish the same.
Happy boating. Part Two will be posted shortly. Thanks for reading.
I'd love to hear how you met your cruising partner.
And, how long have you been afloat together?
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