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Boat of choice and why?
As I make my plans for moving aboard in 16 months, my thoughts are towards coastal cruising as well. As allurring as heading "around the world" is, it doesn''t really fit my plans. There''s so much to see and places to go, right here in our own "backyard", I doubt I''ll see it all in the (hopefully) 20 yrs I''ll have afloat.
To me, cruising isn''t so much about where you go, as it is about just going. And as a singlehander, the added complications of long offshore passages would seem to only diminish my enjoyment. Becoming more of a chore, than a delight. Not to mention the added expense in boat, equipment, etc.
As it is, I''ll be heading out in a Hunter26, not exactly a live-aboard vessel, and particularly, not an off shore boat. But, it''s paid for, and will get me going, and let me learn about what I want, and need, when I buy a larger boat. And even then, I''m not looking bigger than a 32 footer.
In many ways, I think arriving at realistic expectations of what you will really end up doing, is the hardest part. There''s a sense of romance to cruising, that is hard to resist. But I''ve come to realize that if my "circumnavigation" is only around the Eastern US, well, that''s enough for me, and it makes me no less a cruiser than those who sail around the world.
So basically, the boat of choice should be the boat that suits what you "will" do, not what you "might" do. Just make sure you know which is which !