In 2002 my parents decided it was time to take a break from a life submerged in the Sawtooth wilderness. Our rural cabin found temporary renters and we hopped (we brought our rabbit, Hoppy, with us) on a catamaran in the Bahamas, “Hiatus”, for an extended island interlude. Not without some serious adjustment did we make it our home; life on a boat is very particular and cruising full-time is really just about what tips and tricks you have up your sleeve from experience. Over 15 years following our return to Idaho and having sold Hiatus, AWOL (Absent without leave) has recently joined the family and makes its own down in BVI as a 42’ chartered catamaran. My parents frequently have visitors aboard, most of whom have never been on a boat before, not to mention lived on one. People often want to help out—hands on deck—but simply don’t know how and end up doing more harm than good. I created this booklet with gratitude for the many months we spent cruising back in the day, as a cheers to AWOL, and as a preliminary handout for all future 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th mates to step aboard the vessel. Here are some selected spreads.