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What the heck is 'gunkholeing'?

Is 'gunkholeing' the same as cruising/island triping, etc.?
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To me gunkholeing is poking into little shoreline areas where I can drop the hook and have lunch, go swimming/snorkling, take a nap or anything else. A gunhole could be a small cove, a river entrance or someplace off of the main body of water.
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You will often hear the term from people with shallow draft boats when they talk about how it makes it easter to gunkhole.
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Gunkholing is coastal cruising where one hits lots of anchorages and makes only short hops through a cruising area.
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The anchorages are usually fairly shallow in depth, and the areas are usually fairly remote, rather than metropolitan/civilized areas.
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We have some favorite area gunkholes, passed on from several upgrades in boats through the years. Unfortunately, when moving up in boats, the most favorite anchorages become too shallow for the larger, deeper keeled boats we seem to have moved up to.

My wife and I, as bittersweet as it may sound, occasionally long for the days of dropping anchor in those small, private coves in our previously owned smaller boats. Enjoy these initiation days . . . they will pass sooner than you may realize.
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We have some favorite area gunkholes, passed on from several upgrades in boats through the years. Unfortunately, when moving up in boats, the most favorite anchorages become too shallow for the larger, deeper keeled boats we seem to have moved up to.

My wife and I, as bittersweet as it may sound, occasionally long for the days of dropping anchor in those small, private coves in our previously owned smaller boats. Enjoy these initiation days . . . they will pass sooner than you may realize.
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My boat is a good gunkholing boat...as she has a very shallow draft, being a multihull.
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Gunkholing is done under sail and is simply poking into the the back corners of no where. It helps to have a boat that is manueverable, responsive, points well, and to have the boat handling skills to take advantage of those virtues. Shallow draft and an easily freed keel helps as well. Anchoring has nothing to do with it all though once one has gotten to a breath taking corner of no where, its often nice to stay.

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Thanks to all who responded with accurate descriptions!
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