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Coastal 21 72.41%
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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

As far as pure enjoyment goes, I enjoy coastal sailing better. You can't beat anchoring up every night and getting a full nights sleep. However, there are great things to see and experience offshore, but overall, I consider offshore sailing more "work" than "play."
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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

I prefer to coastal sail until I get offshore then I like offshore sailing, both are a challenge in their own ways. Coastal you have too many other vessels to keep an eye out for and the shipping lanes can be a biotch. Offshore sailing means less sleep making meals on a slant and no running for a port to make repairs or get fuel.

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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

i like it when the only lights i see are the stars above...
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i like it when the only lights i see are the stars above...

Me too. Except when it's because the boats around me don't have running lights ;-)
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I prefer to coastal sail.

I would say that's my favorite too.
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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

I want to combine the two, but I guess that's pretty much a given. Sail offshore to reach the destination, and coastal cruise once there. Although I really want to go to the South Pacific and the islands are so small and far art, I think it would be considered mostly offshore sailing with breaks at anchor.

I can only assume I'll love sailing offshore. I had better anyways.


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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

I prefer coastal sailing. The main reason is, I get the sailing I'm looking for, more often. Sometimes the wind and conditions make for a perfect passage sail, but I haven't had all that many. Too often passages have turned into powering.

Coastal sailing I can often find ideal sailing conditions and sail them to where I want to go, or change destination, and go where the wind will take me, nicely.

In order to do that, it helps to be sailing a coastal area that is spread out, a broad water area of islands, peninsulas, wide and narrow bays and a diverse area of anchorages and ports to choose from.

In areas like this, I find I can slow down, sail more, and power less.

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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

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.
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Re: Coastal or Offshore Sailing?

that would depend on the sailor wouldnt it? jajaja

beleive it or not some cruise around the world for the actual sailing not just the stops...

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