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There's more to it than just how long it takes to get to the boat. There's also how long it takes to get the boat to where you can actually sail. We had a choice -- put the boat at a marina 5-15 minutes from our house but then spend 1.5 to 2 hours motoring out to the bay or put the boat in a marina an hour or so from our house but once we leave the marina we're out sailing.
We chose the latter.
Very true.. we were in a similar situation.. though the driving time was similar (15-30 minutes) , we are now literally 5 minutes from sailing, whereas before we had a tidal narrows that meant either 30 or 60 minutes to the bay depending on current - and at some times there was no getting in or out (currents 7-9 knots) and even with manageable currents the wind over the flow made for dangerous seas at times.
Much happier now, despite more city driving to get to the boat.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)