Our time at sea has also proved wonderful for our life as a couple, contrary to dire warnings from friends back home who feared that cohabitating 24/7 in a tight space could be too much, even for newlyweds. Back in Washington, D.C., we were consummate workaholics, too often dedicating our weekends and evenings to our careers rather than to each other. Our new life, in many ways, is the mirror opposite. Although we each still work part-time from the boat, the opportunities for play, intimacy, and mutual discovery abound. In addition to teaching us to function effectively as a team, life aboard provides something all too rare: the time and space to really enjoy each other. None of this is to say that arguments or disagreement don’t arise; they do. But the close quarters teach us to resolve differences far more rapidly. There is, however, one realm on which we’ve agreed that the normal rules of romance and civility shall remain suspended due to extenuating circumstances: anything said in anger during a docking maneuver.