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Darling on Deck: Kristin Ducote's top tips for keeping your wife happy on board

Kristin Ducote dishes out a second helping of advice for the man who wants to get his wife on board. Fellas take note...

Although yacht design is an ever-evolving landscape, some things never change. Here are some practical additions that won’t go out of style, will make your lady happier to be on board and, I am willing to bet, will enhance your experience as well.

  • Keep it dry! Have you ever seen a woman sprint through a parking lot despite heels and shopping bags at the sight of a raindrop? Women hate humidity and will take extreme measures to avoid frizzy hair. Make sure that your boat’s air system comes with a good dehumidifier. It sounds like a little thing, but when your lady is tossing her smooth locks and you slide into crisp dry sheets at night, you’ll thank me.
  • Keep it stable! Do you have any idea how hard it is to apply make-up when the boat is rocking? We would relish an upgraded stabiliser so no matter where we are or what the weather forecast is, we can apply eyeliner without ending up with a pirate eye patch.
  • While we’re on the subject, we’d love a separate make-up vanity outside the bathroom. Stateroom bathrooms can be quite small, even on large yachts, and get steamy from even a short shower. Unless you’re planning to install windshield wipers on the mirrors, give us an area where we can see clearly.
  • At the risk of sounding too picky, we’d also like full length mirrors and jewellery safes in every stateroom. At some point, guests will want to check out their new tan. And safes will allow guests to bring jewellery without worrying about it during day trips off the boat.
  • Lastly, let’s discuss closet space. Granted, bikinis don’t take up a lot of room, but we still want a roomy closet to spread out our things. Trust me, a beautiful closet lights up pleasure receptors in our brains. And the better we can see what we have, the less we actually need to buy – or at least that’s what I tell my husband!

I’m sure there are women out there with different requirements for boating bliss. The point is you need to talk to her. Get the dialogue going. Don’t leave her out of the negotiations of a boat build, purchase or charter. She will add little touches you never thought of. And each addition will make your time together on the water that much more enjoyable. Remember what they say: happy wife, happy life! Until next time...

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