Last nite we had the distinct pleasure of being invited aboard s/v Nevada Faye for dinner.
Helmet and Dominic were most gracious hosts, and the dinner was a wonderful repast. But, while sitting and talking in the after-dinner glow, I was struck by the special closeness, and yes, intimacy born of the shared experience. The shared dining experience, yes of course. But also the shared experiences that we both had in getting our boats to the same anchorage.
It is quite different than the feeling one gets when visiting another house. Different, in fact, than visiting another boat at the dock.
It makes for fast friends.