I've always cruised alone. Now that I'm in a 45 I find it a bit more difficult to dock. I've only had it for a year and am still working on my docking routine. When I leave the dock at the beginning of cruising season I usually stay out for 3 months at a time. I find it much easier to anchor and take the tender or kayak in to shore or the marina.
This season I have an electric bike that I intend on using to run to the store to resupply. I also want to do more exploring on it whether its an island or a small town. I'm really looking forward to 2019. I'm heading up to BC from Palo Alto in a couple of weeks. I've been keeping the boat up the Fraser River in Richmond, BC. It's a pain dealing with the current, bridge and loggers. Once I'm off of the river it's cruising time!
Eventually I'm going to run down the coast to Redwood City, CA where she'll live at West Point Harbor. That's when I'll start cruising the delta and do some coastal cruising down to Monterey, San Diego and eventually Mexico.
Alone as usual. That's the way I like it. For my first run down the coast I plan on hiring a captain to help. For 2019 it's the inside passage. In 2018 I put over 1300 nm exploring the San Juan's, Gulf Islands and got as far as Desolation Sound before heading back to Blaine, WA for phase 2 of upgrades to the boat. At the end of 2019 I'll run down to Blaine again for phase 3. 2020 will be the season that I run down the coast.
At least that's the plan. I find it very difficult to leave the PNW.