Yes, any day aboard is better than being shore bound but some days are a lot better aboard. Back in the late '90s, when I was a recently divorced, lowly mate on the Pacemaker, we were berthed on the old wall at Duck Key. Somehow Capt. Jim arranged a photo shoot for a German women's clothing catalog on board the boat. They were prepping next summers line. Along troops the entourage. There were the catalog rep, photographer, photogs assistant, make up guy, and hair stylist. Oh, and two absolutely gorgeous young ladies to model the clothes. Almost forgot about them! They wanted all outdoor shots on the bow and fly bridge. We cruised out to Hawk Channel and the rep began telling Capt. what she wanted. Stuff like, the island or sea for background, the breeze from different directions, etc., so Jimmy had a lot mannuvering to keep him busy. Myself on the other hand, didn't have a whole lot to do since we weren't going to drop the hook. The Pacemaker was a flush deck so the crew decided to set up in the main salon. They had four racks of clothes with them ,the girls could change and be on deck in seconds. That's when things got interesting. For me, anyway. Since I wasn't really doing anything the girls invited me to hang out in the salon to look at the clothes that they would pick out for each shot. You may or may not know, for clothing shoots the models usually don't wear underwear. No lines to break the shape of the garments, you know. Well, I got to spend about three hours with two basically naked ladies on a beautiful Keys day on a beautiful boat while the rest of the world was drudging away at whatever it was that they did on their work days. Yes, some days are definitely better, even when you're aboard everyday!