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Cruising: A Way of Life or Vacation?
When I started my cruising life, "cruising" meant living aboard a sea-worthy vessel and supporting yourself as you voyaged from port to port. Most did some sort of repairs to the yachts that frequented the desirable sailing areas at the appropriate time of year, but practically everyone had a skill they sold.
Today''s "cruisers" miss out on so much by taking a pile of money and going on vacation for a couple of years. Until you go to work someplace, you are a tourist. When you take a job, you may be from "away" as they say in Maine, but you become a member of their community. You learn about the characters of the town, how people think, and what their values are. Having the opportunity to work with people from Texas to Maine, is,in my mind, the most enjoyable part about the last twenty-some-odd years.
When you start planning your cruise, throw a little time in for getting a job. It will not only expand your cruising kitty, but also your circle of friends.
Remember:Cruisers do it down wind. Happy sailing.