We are cruising full time.
That is NOT to say we are ALWAYS sailing. At this time we are in Marina Mazatlan waiting out the hurricane season. So we have ready access to free WiFi
and I am on the forum often. When we are actively out. Like in the Sea of Cortes or heading further south, I may be off the board for months at a time.
Why am I here?
Well, before we departed to go full time cruising, I got a lot of information from forums
like this one. I feel like it's my turn to provide back to the community for all it provided me. Another reason is that I have often seen a lot of talk (before we departed and now also) about what you MUST have to be able to go cruising safely. After 4 years I can't tell you the amount of stuff I sent good money
on that I have now gotten rid of as excess junk. I am not saying it was not nice to have, but it was NOT required to keep the boat moving safely.
That is also why we did our DVDs. We loved watching others DVDs and had not seen a new one come out in years. And we have not see any other ones on the Sea of Cortez
. So, as payback for all the enjoyment we got, we did ours.
We do almost all of our contact for banking and other items via Internet, so we are on the net when we get the chance. We have found that the net is mostly free here in Mexico
, so it's a pastime.
Another very good aspect of forums like this IS the other cruisers who are here! I don't know about things on the East side of the US, but things on the Pacific side of North, Central, and South America
are changing and changing VERY rapidly. The laws, restrictions and entrance requirements of a number of places on this side change monthly. I want all the inf I can get. As it says, “a prudent navigator uses all of the information available to him”.
Also, I am not sure if cruising today is the same as it was 20 or 40 or more years ago. I wasn't cruising 40 years ago
. I am sure a lot of things have changed! Some good, some no so. I KNOW I have seen differences in just the short time we have been out here. Not the basic seamanship. But a LOT of the gadgets and do-dads. The things that make it possible for a couple who has never sailed before in there life, to feel safe hopping on a 50 foot boat, turning on the GPS
and heading off.
And after all of the above, the cost to be here is FREE and the reward MAY be great!
Just my point of view....
Currently in Marina Mazatlan waiting for the hurricane season to pass...