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10-12-2011 04:08 PM
Barquito I have a boat that is 1.5 hour drive away. Mostly I (or we) go up for 2-4 hours one day of most weekends. We are still learning about our boat, and setting it up. We don't have any safe ports closer than a day's sail away. Looking forward to doing overnights next season. (BTW, I think I make about as many trips while the boat is on the hard as in the water!)
10-12-2011 08:52 AM
marianclaire I live 7 hrs from the MC so weekend trips are a no go. When I do go, say for 4 days I have to decide almost immediately if it is a sailing trip or a work trip. If I have a week I can do both. The best trips are the ones where I get on and leave and do not return for 4 or 5 months. Dan S/V Marian Claire
10-12-2011 08:45 AM
norsearayder i was living 3 minites from boat and put on a thousand mile per year , now i am on all the time preping for bahamas,probably put on 2000 miles by 2012
10-12-2011 08:24 AM
St Anna When you are cruising, well, you are either cruising or the boat is on a marina for you to work - so rarely go out for a weekend/day sail.

If you are a 'weekend warrior', then as many times as you can get down to the boat.

I takes a big transformation in the mindset to change between day sailor and cruiser and vice versa.

I actually joined the sunday brigade for the first time in about 8years. It stressed me a bit - people racing past in a narrow channel, dinghy's crossing, slow boats in front. I think I'll have to toughen up or just quit work again and take off away from the crowded areas.
10-12-2011 12:58 AM
acunningham Since my first lesson on 2nd October last year, I've been out 31 times, totalling 120.5 hours. I first skippered a boat in Sydney about a month ago, and have done so 4 times so far. I'm highly nomadic, and if I'm living somewhere near the sea I'll generally go sailing once a week or so. So far, that's Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hong Kong, Bali, Sydney, and Auckland.
10-11-2011 05:53 PM
tommays Once a week minimum even if it does not leave the mooring on a good week during race season we could be out on soemthing 4 times a week

When there is enough daylight i will use it on weekdays BUT when i can get to the boat at 6PM and its dark at 7:15 PM there is not much point

The mooring launch service also limits there hours early and late season making weekdays difficult
10-11-2011 05:21 PM
tdw Our girl lives on a mooring not in a marina berth and we moved last year from a busy part of the harbour that was closer to home to a quieter spot albeit further away. We now find that even in dirty weather we are more likely to go down and spend the weekend on board at the mooring without the traffic charging by.

Fast and I were playing games earlier on cos he well kows our new boat is exceptionally comfortable compared to our moderately comfortable old girl and that is why we are spending even more time on board The ability to completely enclose the cockpit makes all the difference. It is somewhat akin to having a pilot house or deck saloon without the disadvantages of the house over heating in our hot summers.

We also keep a set of lightweight wet weather gear for the times it is raining when we row out to mooring. It really does require a lot of rain to keep us at home these days.
10-11-2011 04:47 PM
ccher 100 feet porch to dock, 100 feet down the dock to boat. We are on the boat virtually every weekend spring and early summer but not so much during the doldrums of mid summer on the Bay. Makes us anxious to get back out as the winds tend to pick up late summer and fall. Work unfortunately keeps me pretty busy during the week so confined to weekends or the occasional long weekend when I can get a day or two off. I agree that the ease of getting to the boat and readying her to leave the dock adds both to use and enjoyment.
10-11-2011 03:47 PM
Sn0wman We were trying to figure out if our usage changed this summer. We have a 22 foot trailer sailor. Last year we were out almost every weekend, but also did a fair amount of transient slip rentals and a few 4 day weekends doing our best to make the most of our time on the boat to offset the hassle of hauling, stepping the mast, launching and the reverse.

This year we were able to get a mooring ball and skip most of the trailering headache. I think we managed about as much use this year, but instead of long weekends we did more frequent but shorter sails. It was easier to meet up at the marina after work for a dinner and a sail. And the convenience of it also may have made it easier as said above to procrastinate on going out some times.

All in all, we probably spent more time on the boat than the year before but I don't get the sense that we put as many miles on it this season. And for the record we live 20 minutes from the marina, and we are In northern Michigan so we have a short season. Also due to poor weather and other bits of life our boat didn't get in till almost july.

10-11-2011 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by CapnBilll View Post
.......A smaller boat will get more use. ....
I wonder. It's true that a smaller boat is easier to handle with less crew, so their are more opportunities. We require two people aboard to cruise safely. However, once you can live aboard for the weekend, I find one is more likely to go and see what it's like, rather than believe a poor forecast. More often than not, we've had a good day or two of sailing that we would have ridden out at home, if the downside were not to just stay aboard at the marina and have a weekend get away. I will also head out to destinations I would have never attempted in a smaller boat without being certain of good conditions for the return leg.
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