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Why American do not crossing oceans?

Hello there I have be sailing for the past 2 month toke off from Jacksonville, Fl my first stop Was Bermuda Second was Flores Azores Portugal third was Horta, Azores Portugal now in Sao Miguel Island Azores Portugal so far I did not seeing any boat with American flag on this places so what is going on Americans do not like cruising they sailboat?
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Re: Why American do not crossing oceans?

I’m ared blooded American. Most of my close cruising friends are as well. Some Americans are foreign flag to escape tax or liability issues. So don’t fly old glory. Still other than the SDR fleet there’s a relative paucity of Americans. Cruising the eastern Caribbean seems it goes French, Canadians, British, rest of Europe, Americans, Aussies and kiwis.
Hate to say it but seems my countrymen are less adventurous as regards sailing. Especially those of child bearing and rearing age. Most of the families I’ve had contact with aren’t US borne nor passported.

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Re: Why American do not crossing oceans?

Americans spend relatively less on travel and leisure than residents of other advanced nations.
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Re: Why American do not crossing oceans?

If this is actually true, then I expect it has more to do with basic economics and (as a corollary) time off work.

Americans work harder and longer than just about any other developed country. They get far fewer days off and vacation time, and they have far weaker social safety nets to fall back on. Add to this the increasingly precarious nature of employment, and the stagnation of wages, and it all adds up to far fewer (proportionally speaking) who have the ability to get into cruising.
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Re: Why American do not crossing oceans?

For us, it's all about Schengen. I did numerous transAts before Schengen, but I'll be damned if I'll do a transAt for 90 days in the EU and 90 days out!

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Re: Why American do not crossing oceans?

When we think cruising it's primarily the Caribbean or SoPac. Sailing across the Atlantic to enjoy the wonderfull weather and short season of northern Europe just isn't all that attractive. The Med. is better but still not a wonderful place for year around shirt sleeve cruising. Americans do sail to Europe but not nearly in the numbers that sail to warm climates. Of course there is also the government tourist restrictions that aren't enticing to spending a lot of time there. I know even when I was on the East Coast my thoughts of cruising were always south and/or west.
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For us, it's all about Schengen. I did numerous transAts before Schengen, but I'll be damned if I'll do a transAt for 90 days in the EU and 90 days out!

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I did the most craziest thing on my life I purchased an 57' 1989 Bruce Robert in Florida last September I did work on the boat all the way to May this year then I try to find crew to go with me and no one was craze lime me so I decide to go solo and I did my first stop was Bermuda toke me 10 day to get there after get hit by 2 big storm scared a lot, then to Flores Island Azores Portugal this leg toke me 22 days and 6 storm and 5 days with no wind at all was not to bad the I rest for 4 days then I start my next leg to Faia Island toke me 4 days with no wind motor sail 80% then here to Sao Miguel Island Azores resting now to go next leg will be Canary Island Spain after that will be Cabo Verde Africa then last one crossing the South Atlantic to Brazil this picture is from Flores Island Azores Portugal
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...... my first stop was Bermuda toke me 10 day to get there after get hit by 2 big storm scared a lot, then to Flores Island Azores Portugal this leg toke me 22 days and 6 storm and 5 days with no wind at all was not to bad the I rest for 4 days then I start my next leg to Faia Island toke me 4 days with no wind motor sail 80%......
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