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The Bears twp cents worth,
Here on the gulf coast we call it "Beach Bouncing". You sail up or down the coast a few hours or a day, find an interesting spot, overnight, and then go on or back or where ever. That's part of why you sail, it's not the destanation, it's the trip! And with every trip you have learned, and one day without even realizing it someone with a new boat will ask you "what constitutes a cruise", and you will answer, "It's the trip".
In those "little" trips you will encounter anchorage problems, bad weather, cold, heat, bad winds, no winds, bad seas, all those things that will be basic to those things that you will encounter if you go ten thousand miles. Yes, there are more and some different problems to be had but you will be more prepared for them because you overnighted so many times, talked to others along the way, read, studied and prepared to go just a little further each time. Take the time to get some of the classes avalible from the CG, Sailing schools, listen to the "elders" at the docks and try, each time to do it better, smoother, cleaner each time. Sailing, cruising, is a never ending learning process with an infinite number of situations. Welcome to the club.
soft breezes and smooth waters to you
Red the Bear.