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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?
Sounds like lighter cruising traffic for many.
Xort: We've talked about doing the ditch, but never had the time. Interestingly, our friends (we are all getting older), who used to do it have their boats on the market. One has transitioned to land on a camper and another has health issues.
Mad Machine: We had bad weather early, but August was nearly perfect here for weather.
Alturia: We were in NE Harbor for a few days last week. It was very quiet as you say.
RTB: Around here, many people head offshore to the Caribbean after Nov 1 for insurance reasons, but they are still moving around New England through September, and staging for offshore in October...others start down the ditch.
Capta: We'll be in the Grenadines on charter in March/April, interesting to hear how quiet it is.
Markof: We got quite a bad blow from Sandy, but little damage compared to NY, NJ, etc. Maybe as you say it reduced the boats from that area.
Sal: Interesting about lots of traffic in the Hudson.
We've speculated with our local cruising buddies. Theories include that all the old people are getting old and young are less interested or financially capable (I think I saw only 1 or 2 young families cruising), the economy in general, and people having less time and gravitating toward power boats and day sailors. But we don't really know.
Nice to be able to get moorings or dock space everywhere, but somehow we'd be happier to see more cruising sailors out there doing it.