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04-24-2014 09:18 PM
christian.hess
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

jeje cool thread

to me voyaging is like what motissier did...long passages with little need or want to stop and relax

cruising encompasses all from point a to b trips and in whatever form...

for example I would define a voyage as going from california to australia with maybe only a stop to refuel and provision

whereas that same route cruising would do the south pacific, tuamotos, atolls, head up to fiji, then back down etc...

I would consider a delivery for example a voyage, thats just me though

I also think it is semantics but if you want to get down to it you can find differences in the two

peace
04-24-2014 08:33 PM
Cap-Couillon
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

1. Go someplace...
2. Make enough money to leave...
3. Leave...
4. Repeat as required...
04-24-2014 11:25 AM
Dirtyfloats
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

I agree, SEMANTICS.

Like everyone said, use your boat any which way you feel good about.

To me, The word voyaging implies long term, While cruising is something that can be accomplished in a few weeks.
Maybe it has something to do with how much of your life you dedicate to being aboard, and sailing the boat, compared to life ashore...
03-24-2013 01:06 PM
Faster
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

S-E-M-A-N-T-I-C-S!!

Was it Nike that said... "Just do it!" ?
03-24-2013 12:46 PM
PCP
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

Quote:
Originally Posted by SimonV View Post
I VOYAGE to my CRUISING destination, when there I will go where the wind and tide takes me.
That is not bad as a way to see it and that is what most of us do. That means that actually the boat is much more time "cruising" than voyaging and the design of the boats on the market reflects that reality.

A voyage boat will only make sense for those that take more time on the Voyage (actually sailing non stop) than on the cruising grounds. There are some that actually do that, some that even circumnavigate without stop (that is the essence of voyaging) and for those clearly the type of boat should reflect different needs and the absence of others. This would give an ideal boat very different from the first one.

Actually all boats on the market with offshore capability reflects both needs in a compromise but the ones that have in much major account "cruising" are much more than the ones that take a significant compromise towards "voyaging" simply because the ones that voyage more than they cruise are very few.

Regards

Paulo
03-24-2013 11:25 AM
killarney_sailor
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

Quote:
Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Crusing is open ended, determined only, if then, by a vague schedule,
Voyaging is crusing wiht fixed destinations, rather than a schedule.
For example, one can cruise for three years aimlessly. One can only voyage with a destination in mind, even if it take three years.
The difference is subtle, but different nonetheless.
Like the difference between dieting and weightloss. The former is process driven with no firm goal, the latter is goal driven, process be damned.
I think you are neglecting the influence of seasonal weather changes in your definitions. In very few locales can you wander aimlessly for years at a time without bumping into things like winter or tropical storm season. Even if you are cruising by your definition you still have to make progress to a weather-defined goal - either haul out or being out of the main hurricane zone at certain times.

These two terms are relative as well. For one person, cruising happens in a one week summer holiday, for someone else it is an open-ended lifestyle. Similarly, for voyaging. Some time ago, someone mentioned going offshore as crossing Lake Ontario diagonally. At one stage of experience that is voyaging. Define these terms as you will.
03-24-2013 08:25 AM
travlineasy
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

Cruising = Repairing your boat in a warm place.

Voyaging = Pretty much the same/

Gary
03-23-2013 01:07 PM
miatapaul
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

Quote:
Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Crusing is open ended, determined only, if then, by a vague schedule,
Voyaging is crusing wiht fixed destinations, rather than a schedule.
For example, one can cruise for three years aimlessly. One can only voyage with a destination in mind, even if it take three years.
The difference is subtle, but different nonetheless.
Like the difference between dieting and weightloss. The former is process driven with no firm goal, the latter is goal driven, process be damned.
Yes, Voyage has a goal, say circumnavigation, it turns into cruising when you just wander around the islands without making progress on your goal, then heads back to a voyage when you leave the islands and head to another spot.

So in the OP's proposition, he could do one to two year voyages, or one to two year cruses, depends on if there is a goal. You could say I am going to go hang out in the islands for two years and see what happens (cruising) or you could say I am going to make it all the way around the islands (Voyage) depends on how regimented you want to be, and it can be a mixed thing.

That is the way I see it.
03-23-2013 11:22 AM
smurphny
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

The big difference may be in the amount of planning required and maybe the amount of provisions in the lockers. Also, the modifications done to the boat to accommodate setting off across an ocean.
03-23-2013 11:15 AM
JimMcGee
Re: Cruising vs. Voyaging

Quote:
Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
They're just words. Do what you want to do and enjoy it. Who cares what you, or anyone else, calls it?
Well words help define things, put them in focus, even if it's just in your own mind.

Maybe a better way to define my thinking: with cruising I'm still living at home, still have a job here, still have ties; voyaging I'm selling the house & car and setting out over the horizon.

Interesting that the meaning of the words seems to be the opposite for some folks...
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