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Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

We just got back from a few weeks cruising New England up to Maine. We thought that cruising traffic was down considerably this year. I saw fewer boats in motion, and more available moorings and docks at marina's. I heard the same from other cruisers we talked with along the way.

Did everyone stop cruising or did I just happen to miss the crowd? Was it just in New England? What are you seeing?
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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

Plenty of big boats cruising the Hudson. A little bit more than last year, I'd say. Canadians on big sailboats heading south , just starting now. Big powerboats from Jersey and Connecticut. What I haven't seen is the cruise ships.
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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

I think Hurricane Sandy last year may have had an effect.
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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

There were significantly fewer private and charter boats sailing the Leeward and Windward Islands this winter as well.
Every time we cleared into an island the response from the officials was, yes, many fewer boats than the previous year.
Not so bad for us, but our friends ashore who have businesses that cater to the yachts are really hurting.
Seems the US government stats regarding the recession/depression are not quite in line with reality. Go figure?
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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

We cruised steadily from November of last year, through July of this year. We are currently in Georgia, and staying put through hurricane season. There are boats from everywhere here, doing the same. Isn't this pretty much what most cruisers do during hurricane season, at least on the Atlantic coast? Not sure about farther north, having never been there (yet).

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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

we were in Maine and New Brunswick from this year from mid-June until mid-August and it seemed to us that there were a lot fewer out of state (that is non-Maine) and foreign boats then in previous years. We were in Northeast Harbor several times and it never was completely full.
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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

not sure... but I can say that it never felt like summer here in Southern NJ. Very chilly and damp July and August
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Abaco marinas reported very low season this past winter, ghost towns. Tho mooring fields were generally full
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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.
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Re: Less Cruising Traffic in 2013?

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I think Hurricane Sandy last year may have had an effect.
It's certainly had an effect in my neighborhood. Here on the northern portion of Barnegat Bay - pretty much Ground Zero for the worst destruction on the Jersey Shore - the lack of boating activity has been stunning... Homes are still being demolished all around me, people around here are gonna have other priorities than boating for quite some time...

I spent Friday night anchored out in a spot called Silver Bay... One of the most popular spots in this area, on a nice weekend will usually be packed with dozens of boats rafting up, etc... This Labor Day weekend, however, it remained virtually empty - I was alone there Friday night, and I could see nobody was there Sunday morning, either...

Back in July, I spent a weekend up at a very popular marina with a couple of hundred slips near Mystic in Eastern CT... Weather was warm, but picture perfect. However, I was amazed how few sailors had left their slips or moorings, only a miniscule fraction of the marina's tenants had bothered to move... A few weeks later, spent all day Saturday at the High Bar YC inside Barnegat Inlet, pretty much the same deal. Weather wasn't picture-perfect that day, but a nice breeze for sailing nevertheless, yet virtually NOBODY left the dock... Lots of socializing on the docks, one had to squeeze through all the deck chairs lined up at certain spots, but virtually no one apparently using their boats for anything other than a weekend cottage...

very strange...



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