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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 don't think there is a non-region specific answer to this, but I can say that in my neighborhood it's pretty darn busy in the summer. Popular bays in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, or Falmouth require advance reservations for moorings or dock space. That said, within a few miles of these popular bays there are places you can anchor even on the 4th of July. And shoulder seasons things are wide open.

In Maine last year in late August (excellent sailing weather), it was really quiet, you could get in to very popular places. Definitely quieter than usual.

And right now, unless you've got an ice breaker, your not going anywhere in my neighborhood. Hard to believe it's nearly March.
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