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Ninety percent of 'cruising' boats are crewed by couples and families, and eighty percent of the rest are single-handers. Others are either well established friends, or get by with whatever help is available at hand. While single handed sailing requires a certain brand of additonal competence and emotional self-sufficiency, we have met some remarkably interesting people who are sailing that way because of their love of sailing, and circumstances dictate that they must largely do it alone.

What is undoubtedly true, is that over a long period it is essential that the crew has a modus operandi to avoid conflict and tension. Mo has the ability to put her point of view across without causing disagreement, and we work together for the most part extremely well. There is no hiding place on any yacht, and arguments can wreak havoc even between the best of friends.

Even the longest of partnerships can break down if there is not sufficient alignment on the cruising objectives, and the ways and means to achieve them. For some, the chosen cruising ground is in question. For some people, the relative discomforts and privations of a boat are a factor, and the selection of boat for a particular purpose is very important. Plans have been abandoned because of the needs of either elderly parents, or the arrival of grand children.