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Old 05-15-2016, 05:38 PM   #21
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The reason you hear very little about Island Cruising is that it is not a trawler thing. We have spent years now in the Eastern Caribbean and 19 out of 20 boats at least are sailboats. The few cruising sub 55 foot motor boats are full displacement trawlers, basically Nordhavns and Krogens. There is a Nordic Tug (42) which comes down for a couple of weeks every year that is based in the Virgins.

The Eastern Caribbean is not a marina life. You anchor out. You have a good selection for provisioning. Security is an issue depending on both the country and the anchorage. Most of going ashore is during the day. Only a small percentage of cruisers go ashore for dinner at night.. lots of on boat entertaining. This depends on the anchorage.

The distances between islands in the Eastern Caribbean are short, 25 to 30 miles usually. But the seas are high, typically 5-8 feet on the beam for a calm day. Less than 5 feet is the exception.
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:07 PM   #22
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I left 8 months ago, went thru the Bahamas, going the Central America route to Panama for hurricane season, then onto Eastern Caribbean. My wife keeps a pretty extensive blog about it all, including the boat refit and equipment. Check it out if you like.
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Old 05-30-2016, 05:39 PM   #24
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I left 8 months ago, went thru the Bahamas, going the Central America route to Panama for hurricane season, then onto Eastern Caribbean. My wife keeps a pretty extensive blog about it all, including the boat refit and equipment. Check it out if you like.
I just checked out this blog and found it very interesting and fun to read. Thanks for sharing this with us all.

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Old 06-03-2016, 03:51 PM   #25
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"In the town I live in, almost 50% of the homes are owned by snowbirds that live here 3-5 months in the winter."

You bet , FL summers are best left to folks born there.

Same weather/climate all up the coast to DC.

I always thought to make air cond illegal with in 100 miles of DC would save taxpayers 2 trillion a year.

May 1 CT, Nov 1 FL works fairly well for us.

Lived aboard for almost 23 years ,( work to eat) so I do not consider a day at the dock to be boating.

Anchored out is boating .

A day spent boating is not deducted from the sum total of your life.

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Old 06-03-2016, 04:07 PM   #26
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Lived aboard for almost 23 years ,( work to eat) so I do not consider a day at the dock to be boating.

Anchored out is boating .

A day spent boating is not deducted from the sum total of your life.

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Wifey B: Amazing. You like anchoring so that counts, but marinas don't. Not even distant marinas I assume?

So a day boating is not deducted from the sum total of my life. Does that mean I can deduct the thousands of days, at least 1400 days so now instead of me being 36, I'm only 32? I like that. So it will now take me three years to age one? Oh %^#$@, it doesn't apply to me because we dock at marinas along the way instead of anchoring.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:56 AM   #27
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"Not even distant marinas I assume?"

Nope , same dockside zoo, same lack of quiet, lack of privacy , might as well be in a motel.

Dockside IS way better than a motel,( "If we knew you were staying the night we would have changed the sheets") but after a few decades ,for my time , the hook is the place of enjoyment.

You wont see many stars in the cockpit tied to most marinas, or have much ventilation.

With no power hose requirements we don't plug in so the advantage of a dock is the nearby Dumpster.

50 ft @ $2-$5- a foot that's a lot for almost nothing

"me being 36, I'm only 32? I like that"
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If 70 is the new 50, why not?
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"Not even distant marinas I assume?"

Nope , same dockside zoo, same lack of quiet, lack of privacy , might as well be in a motel.

Dockside IS way better than a motel,( "If we knew you were staying the night we would have changed the sheets") but after a few decades ,for my time , the hook is the place of enjoyment.

You wont see many stars in the cockpit tied to most marinas, or have much ventilation.

With no power hose requirements we don't plug in so the advantage of a dock is the nearby Dumpster.

50 ft @ $2-$5- a foot that's a lot for almost nothing

"me being 36, I'm only 32? I like that"
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If 70 is the new 50, why not?
Wifey B: What were those things up in the sky I thought I saw last night if they weren't stars? Sure looked like stars. Darn, you're confusing me.

I don't mind at all you like anchoring, but I don't think you have the right to then dismiss all other methods as not being boating. Why is it that anyone enjoying something in a way different than you is so obviously doing it wrong?
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There is NO WRONG, just different styles of boating that for some are more enjoyable.

After two+ decades in the Tethered Village (liveaboard) the seasonal change was always fun,

Summer a mad charge of summer folk up and down the docks , endless boat washing and the usual 3-5 boats actually going out on a weekend the rest,motionless as gin palaces, or cottages.

Also loads of diesel noise and stench as they would attempt to kill the engines with endless running , unloaded in the slip.

Winter the dock becomes nice and quiet and some boats look far better with 3 ft of snow.
Many empty slips , parking near is EZ and the dumpster stays empty longer.

Happily the O'nite prices are now high enough that power hoses , dock lines and dock box contents do not grow feet, as they did in the 60's and 70's.

If boating is food service , tiki bars , pools and tennis courts with cabanas , and a great hoard of folks , that is a great lifestyle for those that enjoy it.

For my water time , the hook is my choice ,

since the boat was outfitted to live silently and well for months , its an easy lifestyle to enjoy..

I delight in the Marina bound folks as it leaves more space in anchorages.

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I agree with FF but simply because I prefer to be anchored out and not tied to the dock.
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