Saw this thread about marinas
and it reminded me of an email
I sent home recently. What follows are some observations about our fellow cruisers from that email
"We put the boat in a marina so that it'll be safe while we're home. Because of this some of our friends have jokingly referred to us as "marina people". This is a mild insult in the cruising community as "real cruisers" pride themselves on anchoring out all the time and never going into marinas
. In reality anchoring out is a necessity as very few can afford $80 to $150 a night just to tie up the boat. For that amount you get a slip and, in many marinas, especially in the Bahamas
, fresh water
and electricity are extra. But there are some cruisers that spend a lot of time in marinas and are known disparagingly as marina people. Marina people are uncomfortable at anchor and prefer to pay for the security
of a slip. However I think some real cruisers secretly envy the marina people when a front is coming through and it's pouring rain and blowing forty knots and boats are dragging anchor all over the place. The marina people are in a marina, snug in bed
, (this always happens at four in the morning) while the real cruisers are on deck
, soaking wet, looking out for dragging boats.
Cruisers are classified not so much by social class or occupation but by their cruising style or behavior. Hence the marina people. It really matters little what you did in your shoreside life; what counts in the cruising community is how resourceful and self-sufficient you are. A diesel
mechanics or a refrigeration
technician is worth ten successful lawyers or surgeons (unless you break a leg or need some drugs, then the surgeon comes in handy). Another group of cruisers is called "checkbook cruisers" by the Bahamians. These folks have no skills applicable to boat maintenance
and pay someone to fix everything. Of course not knowing how to fix things often results in paying the wrong people to work on your boat with the result of more things going wrong than being fixed. Bahamians love these people, boatyards
love these people. Real cruisers stare at these people strangely. Checkbook cruisers are closely related to marina people. Many marina people are also checkbook cruisers.
Another group is the "dog people". These folks are mainly real cruisers but tied to their dogs
who need a fair amount of attention. If you're in an anchorage and you hear a dinghy
going by real early in the morning you can be sure that it's a dog person taking Rover ashore. Usually Rover's hanging over the bow of the dink which I guess is like sticking its head
out the window of a pickup truck. Take them ashore early in the morning, take them to play with other dogs
, take them for a walk. In Georgetown
there actually are designated dog beaches and the dog people arrange doggie get-togethers on these beaches so that their pets
can enjoy some canine company. Strangely, there are no "cat people" although there are many boats with cats aboard. I guess the cats are self sufficient like real cruisers. Either that or these sly animals
have trained their owners to discreetly serve them so that they don't get labelled like the dog people."