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Old 07-01-2014, 08:39 PM   #21
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...villages, towns, cities! Here to-day, up and off to somewhere else to-morrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!

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Old 07-01-2014, 08:57 PM   #22
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So often we see people who want to go to some distant place asking for information on how to best get there. IMO that is not cruising that is a delivery trip.

Cruising to me is trying out new places while bringing your residence ( boat) to each place. Our schedule is usually not more than six hours underway then two nights at the new location to explore what's there.

It seems we bring our interstate highway mentality to our boats when we speed past nearer places to get to someplace farther away.

Kind of weird that folks talk about how little fuel they use per mile but set their sights on distant destinations when closer locations may be just as interesting.
Everyone gets to define their own "cruising". It matters little what others think.
Whatever floats your boat.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:12 PM   #23
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Greetings,
I'm cruising whenever I'm under way. Destination, speed, fuel usage...it's all moot. I'm cruising!
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:20 PM   #24
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It's mostly the scenery. (As in up the lazy river/slough, here on the Petaluma, at Lakeville, CA.)
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #25
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I think of 'cruising' as going to far off places that I have never been to before.
I have trouble defining "far off". That's a relative term and not always measured in miles.

I have 2 main terms I use for my boat time. One is "cruising" and the other is "just out playing on my boat". It's akin to automobile travel. Most people use the expression "we are taking a trip this weekend" (cruising) or "just gonna watch the fireworks down at the boardwalk' (playing).
I think if you don't know the difference you never will.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:49 PM   #26
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I think of the Jimmy Buffet song "One Particular Harbor".

"Where the children play on the shore each day, and all is safe within"

There is nothing like the feeling and the challenge of pulling into a harbor or anchorage for the first time. It is all new and fresh. I am always looking for that one particular harbor.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:15 PM   #27
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:51 AM   #28
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I think of the Jimmy Buffet song "One Particular Harbor".

"Where the children play on the shore each day, and all is safe within"

There is nothing like the feeling and the challenge of pulling into a harbor or anchorage for the first time. It is all new and fresh. I am always looking for that one particular harbor.
This is what I thought of with that quote. It's such a special, historical, family place in the San Juan Islands. I wish every boater could spend some time there. If they have kids, 4th of July is the most amazing time. Great quote Moonstruck!

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:45 AM   #29
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Probably every cruiser here has a "special" place that thinks every other cruiser should try and go there...

Hopefully not all at once....
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:36 AM   #30
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And car guys cruise up and down boulevards and stop at drive ins with car hops.

Cruising means many different things to different people.

When you can do this, it's cruising!!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:00 PM   #31
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When we were young we traveled to popular locations with busy towns, when kids arrived it was nice marina's with a pool, and now we are empty nesters we look for a nice anchorage and a beach near by for the dog. One thing I know for sure, I just like being on the boat whether fixing it, waxing it or just putting my feet up with a beer. Life is good...
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:47 PM   #32
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Well said, Mr. MM. ""Nice? It's the only thing," said the Water Rat solemnly as he leant forward for his stroke. "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing," he went on dreamily: "messing—about—in—boats; messing—"
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