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Old 03-22-2013
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Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

I would have to agree that there is no hard definitions of these terms. I think of cruising as being a very broad term, which would include 'voyaging' as simply one form of cruising, and simple over-nighting in a open boat, as the opposite end of the cruising spectrum.

To me, voyaging is a distinct concept from making a voyage. My image of this is that voyaging is the one way ticket version. Voyaging is going from one place to another and not necessarily returning from the original port from whence the boat departed. I think of voyaging as encompassing longer distances and longer periods of time. To me the term 'going voyaging' implies a certain degree of self-reliance beyond that required to simply go cruising.

I see voyaging as being distinct from passage making, but only subtlely so, while both voyagers and passage makers make voyages. A boat delivery voyage may be passage making, but I don't think of it as voyaging.

Clear as mud?

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