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.....I just consider us sailors.
I suppose that's it.
Although, I still don't see where some of your examples of who you think are cruisers differ from the sailing that you and I do occasionally. If I understand Gary and WingnWing, their cruises were just like ours, only longer. I leave each year with no specific plan, no reservations, fully self sufficient and nothing more than a region in mind with a bookmarks on anchorages we might use. We pick which it will be over coffee each morning. I only have a date when I must be back. Wouldn't that be exactly the same as the examples you gave, only theirs was longer? Our date is weeks away, theirs is months.
I'm beginning to wonder if some think the term cruiser is a badge of honor that must be earned or one must qualify for. I would personally find that silly. I also wonder if some think a cruiser has to fit a stereotype. Did that investment banker who cruised the Pacific on his $5mm 60ft GunBoat with satellite comm qualify? One is a cruiser whenever they are cruising (whatever cruising is, I guess). It doesn't charge my batteries to think that I am or am not a cruiser at any given time. JMO.
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