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Re: Hit a rock with chartered boat in Sardinia

All good. To each their own. I like to snorkel, I also like a good beach bar. I couldn’t do either all day, every day.

The extra vig to bring a crew is pretty small, compared to the cost of the boat. At least where we’ve chartered. I think we’ve spent more going to restaurants than a cook would cost, per day.

I notice, however, that many boats offered as “crewed only” are typically much nicer, bigger, more expensive boats themselves. That’s probably why it looks pricey. However, you can bring along a crew on any boat that can berth them. We prefer not to have strangers along on vacation, let alone enjoy the mission. Launching the dink and scoping out the sites is part of the fun here.
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One of the reasons I like cruising on my own boat is by talking with other cruisers and locales get to know where the turbidity is low, where the fish,birds, wildlife, octopus, lobsters, Hippocampi or what ever we’re interested in at the moment are. If I’m not into snorkeling at the moment there’s always tomorrow and there’s no restrictions beyond common sense on where to go and when.
In both the windwards and leewards some of the best places we’ve been to have not had a charter boat in sight. Often because the approach or anchoring is difficult. Some times because there’s no services what so ever.
Being on my own boat is freedom. For me being served on is a burden if it’s longer than the length of a dinner. I take pride in caring for my boat and the small things like being conservative in water use. Going food shopping or even to the laundromat is an adventure as is rubbing elbows with the locals on the bus instead of taking a taxi. We can live large but choose to live small as it’s real and find it a much richer experience.
I’ve never been on a cruise ship. Only been in resorts for destination weddings. Never chartered. Perhaps will do so just to see Galapagos, Maldives and Alaska. Have nothing against it. Similarly have been in just about all the countries in Europe but prefer to wander on my own than do a tour. Rather spend a month in one place than a few days in many. Different gestalt. Not better. Just different.

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Re: Hit a rock with chartered boat in Sardinia

Noth8ng wrong with cacoon holidays.
Good release, mind dump.

Zero desire to ever be included in a cruise ship cattle call
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Re: Hit a rock with chartered boat in Sardinia

Cruise ships are fine.

There's an exact one for your lifestyle/preferences from sailing tall ships where you climb the mast and stand watch... To the other end...

A few days ago here in Guernsey the Queen Mary anchored and dumped off its load... I gotta tell you I haven't ever seen so many walking sticks!

"Old" is an understatement for these prehistoric dinosaurs. I really get that most were in the late eighties and 90s. I doubt I saw anyone in their 70s.

But what a great way to go when you're a few *decades* after you've sold your own boat? Really, none of these dudes had capacity to sail a sloop for decades.

It was great to see them out enjoying life!
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Noth8ng wrong with cacoon holidays.
Good release, mind dump.

Zero desire to ever be included in a cruise ship cattle call
Personally any boat that is seaworthy and keeps floating is OK in my book.

Spend much of the spring into fall on my own boat. Lived on her for several years in New York while working.Took her up to Canada, Boston, Nantucket, Marthas Vineyard and other places. Don't really need to revisit the experiences these days but, enjoyed each one.

Spent twenty days on a Cargo Ship as a passenger never got bored.

Crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2. Enjoyed my morning swims and the lectures while underway. Ship ran into a Gale. I was very glad I was on that ship not small sailboat in those conditions.

Niece got married on another cruise ship which had to skirt an Atlantic Hurricane before making Bermuda. Enjoyed the rock and roll. The other passengers not so much.

Partner and I charter a Catamaran somewhere in the world in January so I keep my sea legs in shape for the winter.

I also have a plan B for "whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul" which is to jump last minute on a Cruise Ship out of New York heading someplace warm in February or March. I have found that it is easy to avoid all the masses on a cruise ship by staying out of the Casino's ,nightclubs etc. Early morning sunrise walks and swims and even staring on my cabin's balcony is very enjoyable while others recover from their hangovers. So far have not implemented the plan but, it's something I keep as an option if it is a long winter.

April finds me in Key West doing Nauti things.

May is when we charter in the Exumas right before I start the spring outfitting on my boat and start the cycle again.
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One of the reasons I like cruising on my own boat is by talking with other cruisers and locales get to know where the turbidity is low, where the fish,birds, wildlife, octopus, lobsters, Hippocampi or what ever we’re interested in at the moment are. If I’m not into snorkeling at the moment there’s always tomorrow and there’s no restrictions beyond common sense on where to go and when.
In both the windwards and leewards some of the best places we’ve been to have not had a charter boat in sight. Often because the approach or anchoring is difficult. Some times because there’s no services what so ever.
Being on my own boat is freedom. For me being served on is a burden if it’s longer than the length of a dinner. I take pride in caring for my boat and the small things like being conservative in water use. Going food shopping or even to the laundromat is an adventure as is rubbing elbows with the locals on the bus instead of taking a taxi. We can live large but choose to live small as it’s real and find it a much richer experience.
I’ve never been on a cruise ship. Only been in resorts for destination weddings. Never chartered. Perhaps will do so just to see Galapagos, Maldives and Alaska. Have nothing against it. Similarly have been in just about all the countries in Europe but prefer to wander on my own than do a tour. Rather spend a month in one place than a few days in many. Different gestalt. Not better. Just different.
I agree with you, independent cruising is also my thing, but yeah it's different strokes for different folks and I think if it's what people do want to do there is a lot to recommend a crewed charter.

I make this observation as someone who has owned and cruised boats for 20 years.......that more and more I am now seeing people who buy a boat, sign up for a lifestyle thinking it will be lobster lunches and sunset rum punches after a snorkel and they sail off without realising how much actual hardwork owning and cruising your own boat actually is.

It's rewarding sure, but you do work hard for the experience of independent cruising. Particularly on a modest cruising boat the maintenance lists are long.....doing laundry our laundry is an adventure!

So it's not for everyone. If want to have a 'sailing experience' somewhere nice then plenty of people would probably be better off going on amazing charter for two weeks a year.

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Re: Hit a rock with chartered boat in Sardinia

Cap and cook charter sailboat is not vegging and releasing at an all-included no-worries.
You bought into some potential action and uncertainty.
Not wanting to go totally limp
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