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Old 03-08-2014, 02:54 AM   #21
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Eseyoung, you are missing an entire group for your daughter as we are cruising with our grandson, who is 4. Your daughter would not be lonely where we are, although you would be, as I'm close to that number you mentioned!
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:24 AM   #22
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I have noticed social groups popping up on social media sites such as Facebook for different cruising areas. Around me they have both the north Chesapeake as well as middle Chesapeake. Sometimes it's just let's meet at Still pond for the night for pot luck. If not on Facebook get on and search for boating clubs in your area or start one yourself. Also try the caver members site or even if you don't have one join the Searay site. In the end we are all boaters sharing a passion.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:59 AM   #23
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Thanks guys, lots of good thoughts. I'll respond later we're taking 8 non boating friends out to our favorite anchorage which just happens to have a great beach bar. Sure hope I can get the dinghy motor started!
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:04 AM   #24
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........... Only problem is we've found no one to cruise with, even for weekends. Most of my dock mates are retired or nearly so and I am surprised almost none of the boats on our docks have a dinghy. Which of course means they don't anchor out. ...................
We might have to get chummy with some of the sail-boaters, they all have dinghy's.
First, you don't have to have a dinghy to anchor out. You might if you want to get to shore but not to just anchor.

Second, I would chose to cruise with people I enjoy being around over the fact that they own a dinghy.

You've been given many suggestions on how to find people to cruise or anchor with, think about them and give them a try.

Or just go it alone. The advantage here is that there's no schedule and no boat limitations other than your own to deal with.
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First, you don't have to have a dinghy to anchor out. You might if you want to get to shore but not to just anchor.
If you anchor out with friends' boats and don't raft up, how do you enjoy their company without a dingy? Swim to the other boats? VHF radio? Light signals?
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:04 PM   #27
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Eseyoung, you are missing an entire group for your daughter as we are cruising with our grandson, who is 4. Your daughter would not be lonely where we are, although you would be, as I'm close to that number you mentioned!
I honestly prefer the company of friends who are older than me.


I didn't grow up around boats so I cant answer, but 30 years ago, when I was a child, were there kids at the yacht clubs?

If not, that may explain why there are so few of my generation who are into boats.
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Eseyoung,
Yes, plenty of kids at yacht clubs years ago.
USPS cruises on the C Bay were all stopping at yacht clubs. The swimming pools, dingy races, beach cook outs, etc. all for the kids. The adults were doing other things?
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If you anchor out with friends' boats and don't raft up, how do you enjoy their company without a dingy? Swim to the other boats? VHF radio? Light signals?
Seriously?
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Seriously?
Yeah seriously. Anchoring out without a dinghy limits you...some would say very limiting. You are either stuck on your boat, or you are relaying on someone else to come pick you up. And reasons people get into boating is....self reliance. So please enlighten us as to what you are getting at? Everyone knows you can drop an anchor and have a good time on your own boat without a dinghy. But the gist of this thread is socializing with other people from other boats...at anchor.
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I suppose you could carry an extra dingy for your cheapskate friends to use.
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Our 600 member yacht club tried a "youth movement" by cutting initiation fees for younger applicants. Got younger applicants but they proved to be not interested in Corinthian endeavors and were of no help in running the club or even using their boats. As the older active boaters leave boating, they are not being replaced by active boaters.
The operative word is "active", actually taking the boat out of the slip(gasp.)
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Our 600 member yacht club tried a "youth movement" by cutting initiation fees for younger applicants. Got younger applicants but they proved to be not interested in Corinthian endeavors and were of no help in running the club or even using their boats. As the older active boaters leave boating, they are not being replaced by active boaters.
The operative word is "active", actually taking the boat out of the slip(gasp.)
This is an all to common phenomenon that now plagues many recreations. For the last 10 to 15 years outdoor recreation has had more and more competition from 200 channels or reality TV and an ever expanding Internet. Add to that stagnant wages for the young, increasing cost of living, which equals less disposable income. It's not just boating, most outdoor recreations are suffering from these problems.

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Have been active in the Power Squadron and a yacht club but have found it easier to meet cruising friends out cruising. A majority of the boaters anchoring out are interested in meeting other cruising couples. This is very much like the first few weeks of college. We have been approached numerous times by couples in a dinghy who have just stopped by to say hello and introduced themselves.

If you want a good introduction line, it is "how do you like your boat" or "know any good restaurants around here" .

A good portion of the fun of cruising is meeting other cruisers.
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A previous poster mentioned the lack of younger folks involved in cruising. I think most younger folks like the excitement of going fast whether it's by motor or sail. Once you get that out of you, perhaps the cruising lifestyle is more appealing.
Another aspect is money. I could not afford to do this type of cruising until later in life and I think that's true of most of us. Though I have seen plenty of folks in their 40's with rather large and expensive sport fishing boats.

I think in the end the cruising life is one taken solo (boat) with an occasional meet up with friends or making friends along the way.

However there are plenty of dock queens around. The late model 40' Sea Ray aft cabin next to me has never left the slip to my knowledge. However the boat cleaning crew is there every other week. I've seen the owner twice in 6 months.
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I had the same thought a day or so ago that Bay Pelican suggests two posts above. The places you like to anchor are the best places to meet folks with similar interests.

We've belonged to a "poor mans' yacht club" (really a trailerable sailboat club in which half of the membership has moved up to moored boats) since 1990 and to a small Power Squadron Chapter for only 2 years. Both organizations are mostly social.

Our boating adventures are solo, sailing a 28' trailerable Yawl for 18 years and now motor cruising an Albin-25 for two years.
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