Re: How do you use your boat
I own a 2008 Beneteau 343. She was bought when the right deal presented itself to us and after much back/forth...some of it played out on sailnet. She is the epitome of a modern "flat bottomed" production boat.
She is mostly in cruising configuration, with a bimini, dodger and a lot of crap weighing her down. She is homed behind my house in an ocean-access canal in Fort Lauderdale. We primarily user about 20-25 times a year. Mostly a combination of daysails and club races actually. We're active in our local sailing club. Occasionally - about a couple times a year - we cruise to locations for long weekends or a mini-vacation. We've done Bahamas a couple of times and Keys a couple of time.
The hardest part of not cruising more is time...my wife and I are both mid-career professionals and its tough to take time off. We also just had a baby and are figuring out how to take our daughter aboard more.