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Coastal 21 72.41%
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...overall, I consider offshore sailing more "work" than "play."
Really? I think you must be doing it wrong


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It's hard to beat getting up from a sound sleep in a quiet secure anchorage with no schedule. Having a leisurely breakfast. Raising the anchor mid morning. Sailing to your next destination and arriving around 4PM. Getting settled, having your sundowners (hang the grill first), grilling up some nice dinner while the sun sets, and having dinner on deck.

Offshore sailing is just a way to get to a place where you can do some coastal cruising. It's not harder, easier, higher skill, lower skill, or anything like that...just not as much fun IMHO.
Well, I liked the first bit. that can be great; until someone in a 50 ft trawler pulls into the anchorage at 6PM and fires up the generator they will leave running all night, or a bunch of kids who love Hip Hop, have a powerful amplifier and have decided to party 'til dawn.

But I can't agree with the second paragraph. Offshore voyaging, to me, is the epitome of the cruising experience.


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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

Hey Vega, I'm with you on the 50 trawler...down here it's more like the 130 ft chartered clorox bottle with an inflatable waterside and the charter's kids buzzing in jet ski's.

Compared to that I'd rather be offshore for sure.

I'm thinking more of a a couple of places in Maine and Nova Scotia....most of the clorox bottles are allergic to fog
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....most of the clorox bottles are allergic to fog
well i am too...
that is probably the reason, why i like being offshore in warm climes...
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Really? I think you must be doing it wrong
Very possible! I should have put in a disclaimer that my only offshore experience has been on deliveries, never cruising my own boat, so that might change things somewhat.

Still, like I said, I still like offshore. I get the bug every other year or so where I really really really don't want to see any land for a little while...

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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

Offshore is an adventure in preparation and execution where the feeling of accomplishment, after the fact, is as rewarding as the experience. Coastal is a vacation, although, the amount of adventure involved is variable. You can have as much or little as you choose.
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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

I enjoy coastal sailing all of the time. I only go offshore to get someplace and I usually it enjoy for the first day, and then I'm ready to see something again.

On the northern Gulf of Mexico.


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