With our last boat (C&C 24), we were at the dock every Friday afternoon. My wife can even take the commuter boat from Boston to our dock. We wouldn't leave until Sunday night. Most of the time we sailed during the day and then would stay at the slip at night. We did a week long cruise around Mass and a lot of long weekends of sailing 3-4 days in a row but coming back to our dock at night.
We consider it "stealing" from us when family or friends schedule something during the day on a weekend in May through September.
My sister got married in June of last year and I almost didn't go, even though I was in the wedding.
I have a friend getting married this year and we got the invitation yesterday. The first thing my wife said was "at least it is at 5 PM and we can go out sailing first." (I love that woman
This year we plan to live on the boat Thursday through Monday (new boat, Catalina 310, bigger and easier to get ready for work on). And maybe next year live on the boat full time for the summer.
But to the point from the OP
Daysail, cruise whatever..just not tied to the dock!...The weather here in VA has been very fair the last couple of weeks and I have not seen a single boat coming or going from our marina(mostly sailboats).
As long as the wind is between 5 and 25 knots, we were out there. Below 5 knots, we would motor to a couple of good anchorages and just hang out on the boat. Above 25 knots and it became tough to get our boat back into the slip with the 6hp outboard that was probably a little under sized. (we used to joke with power boaters on the dock because they all had bigger motors on their inflatables then we had on our sailboat) Light rain, I would still go out. Heavy rain with lightening, I would stay at the dock.
We used to get so aggravated looking at all of the beautiful boats, especially the bluewater ones, sitting at the dock as we headed out. (Now I bought one of those boats that sat at the dock and realize there is an upside to them.) Or even worse, under power when it was great sailing weather.
There was this beautiful red, brand new (2009?) Janeau 54 DS that was in the slip across from us. It had every upgrade you could think of: bow thruster, electric winches, in-mast furler, etc. And the boat seemed to never be out sailing. One day we were out and it was perfect, 80F with winds at about 15-20 knots. We were having a blast out there sailing. Then here comes "Big Red" under power.
Why spend all that money on a boat to not sail it. Oh well, it's his money. Maybe I can buy that boat in a couple of years.