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Is it getting more crowded out there?

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I keep hearing that sailing is on the decline. Boat sales seem to be down (at least big boat sales), and I keep hearing that fewer young people are getting into activity. At the same time I also keep reading (here and other places) that popular cruising areas have never been busier. Anchorages are apparently full and moorings are hard to get.

Seems contradictory.

As someone just beginning the full-time journey, I'm curious what to expect "out there." Is it more packed than it has ever been (as I often read here), or is there a decline in boaters, and hence a reduction in busy anchorages and marinas?
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I think it is a relative thing. We are finding Grenada much more crowded now than five years ago even if the number of boats here is probably no different. It is just that we have spent several years cruising in places where there were few (and in some places, no) cruisers. From my perspective you get two types of cruising grounds. In one there are enough cruisers for there to be a 'cruiser society' and a 'cruiser economy'. In other areas, neither exists and you are just part of the local harbour or anchorage scene. Coming from where you have cruised you likely will find most places crowded. For someone coming from the western Med, the same places will feel uncrowded.
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