Mike, I believe you are fully qualified to answer my original question, and I appreciate your input. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. My personal definition of a "passage" at this point in my sailing career is to take my little Catalina 22 to the far end of the lake and camping out for the weekend. Not exactly pushing the limits of cruising, but I do try and unplug from the dock life by hitting my nav marks, making my meals, filtering water, and utilizing my solar system (Read baby-steps).
Sounds like a good way to start … or to spend a lifetime. Who knows
I stumbled into sailing and cruising mostly by accident. I’d never sailed much as a kid, outside of the occasional sail I would hoist on my canoe trips. I began remote wilderness canoe tripping when I was quite young, and then discovered sea kayaking in my late late 30s. A few years after that a friend bought a O’day 22, and the rest as they say, is history.
I spent a lot of great time sailing that little 22. At the time I thought it was a huge boat. Then came a 26-footer, then a 34, and now my 37-footer. I think I’ve found my final boat, but one never really knows what the future will bring. I do know I can cruise just about anywhere with this boat. In fact, she’s already gone around the world with a previous owner.
Personally, I have no plans to circumnavigate, but I don’t rule it out. I don’t really have any specific cruising plans or goals. To me, cruising is about the lifestyle, and I know I can find wonder and beauty just about everywhere, so I don’t have to go anywhere in particular.