Some people say you need to be careful what you wish for. I think you need to be careful what you joke about. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect Greg to buy the Buccaneer. In the emails I sent to him, I said things like 'Hey, how about this big fat bastard? Won't you look stylish pulling into Fox Cove in that?'

My own personal philosophy is that there isn't any such thing as comfort at sea. The concept is just wrong. Read the books! Watch the movies! Deprivation, pain, and endurance - THAT'S what sailing is all about.

Is it possible that I have, once again, been misled by popular fiction and what I see on TV? Can people sail in comfort?

Sure, people are going to snicker and point at Greg and Shelly as they bob on the mooring buoy. Sure real sailors are going to sneer and mutter. Greg will just raise his freshly brewed cappuccino, smile at the incoming squall, and go below to watch a movie and have some ice-cream.