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post #21 of Old 10-11-2011
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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.

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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.

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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

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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.
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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.


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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
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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
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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!)
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