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post #11 of 28 Old 10-10-2011
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Hey,

My boat is on a mooring in a marina that is about 15 minutes from my house. I usually sail twice a week - once during the week and once on the weekend. Most of my sails are short, about 2 hours long. I'll spend the occasional weekend aboard.

I sail on the Long Island Sound, and the sailing season for me is April to November.

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Roller main, full cockpit enclosure (despite no real winter), watermaker, living in the lap of luxury and WE'RE the wimps???


Hey its not unusual for us to get down to nigh on ten degrees F mid winter .... brrr ..... don't talk to me about cold ....


whoops, sorry , shoudl read ten degrees C ....

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While living in the Northeast during the April - October season sailed 3-5 times a week.

In the winter sailed every Sunday.
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My little Cal is on my dock in the backyard...so spoiled...I was sailing every day until I fouled up my back. Now I have to sneak out when the GFs not looking.
I'm not supposed to do anything for a couple weeks but the wind has been awesome. Feel like a caged dog...staring out the slider door, watching the wind flow in a even, steady, curve down the lake is torture.
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Okay, we're going to skew your poll - fulltime liveaboards since Nov 2002; currently southbound for the winter about 1/3 of the way from Annapolis MD to St Augustine, FL. So, sailing almost every nice day. Before we moved aboard fulltime, our experience was similar to DRFerron: we kept the boat on a mooring about 3-1/2 hours from home. Left every Friday in season (late April to late September) at 3 PM and returned every Sunday sometime between 8 PM and midnight, and every weekend was a mini-vacation.


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Not often enough, not long enough and not far enough. I live a 5 minute walk from my boat.

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I will bet, on average, the closer one lives to their boat, the less they use it.

It is way too easy to convince yourself that you will go out tomorrow. We all but refuse any weekend conflict from May 1 to Oct 31. Our answer to any family conflict is they are welcome to hold it on the boat. They often take us up on it. Win win.


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If you want to do it, you will do it. A smaller boat will get more use. The boats I've had always got more use when on the water, than on a trailer, (it always seems more trouble to launch for a few hours use than is worth it). I've had many weekends that were cut short because of job that the boat never moved, because by the time I could launch I would be worried about getting it back on the trailer. When in a slip, I could go out for an hour just to look around without worries.

Get a boat you can single hand, then you don't have to rely on "help" to get it out there.

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.......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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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.

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