Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
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We were trying to figure out if our usage changed this summer. We have a 22 foot trailer sailor. Last year we were out almost every weekend, but also did a fair amount of transient slip rentals and a few 4 day weekends doing our best to make the most of our time on the boat to offset the hassle of hauling, stepping the mast, launching and the reverse.
This year we were able to get a mooring ball and skip most of the trailering headache. I think we managed about as much use this year, but instead of long weekends we did more frequent but shorter sails. It was easier to meet up at the marina after work for a dinner and a sail. And the convenience of it also may have made it easier as said above to procrastinate on going out some times.
All in all, we probably spent more time on the boat than the year before but I don't get the sense that we put as many miles on it this season. And for the record we live 20 minutes from the marina, and we are In northern Michigan so we have a short season. Also due to poor weather and other bits of life our boat didn't get in till almost july.