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Old 29-12-2014, 14:52   #16
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It means different things to different people. Kind of a state of mind. I think the most basic requirement should include the boat being operational and able to move about from one place to another or back to home, otherwise you'd be on a houseboat.
So if you take a houseboat a couple thousand miles along the ICW and back...that's not a cruiser?
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Old 29-12-2014, 14:54   #17
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A person who owns a boat and does not find any socks in the wash on wash day?
I had that goal at one point but then my feet got cold...so I changed to not owning a tie.
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So if you take a houseboat a couple thousand miles along the ICW and back...that's not a cruiser?
Sure....why not?
If this bozo can call himself a cruiser by hugging the coast for 10,000nm and be in "the club" why can't someone else be? The whole point I think of being a cruiser is self defined and is more a state of mind than miles traveled or type of boat or number of killer storms survived.
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Old 29-12-2014, 15:14   #19
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I spend a lot of time using image search. When I search "cruising sailor" these are the first six hits I get. Some are funny, some are sad, and some are pretty much what you would expect.
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Sure....why not?
If this bozo can call himself a cruiser by hugging the coast for 10,000nm and be in "the club" why can't someone else be? The whole point I think of being a cruiser is self defined and is more a state of mind than miles traveled or type of boat or number of killer storms survived.
Absolutely. There are places where a houseboat may be the best tool for the job.

However, around the Chesapeake, most houseboats may still have a engine in the bilge, but they are towed from place to place, generally not moving for 10 - 20 years at a time.
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About the best definition I know is:

"If you care about the Definition of a Cruiser...then you ain't one."
That'll do.
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Old 29-12-2014, 17:02   #23
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Define "Cruiser". Not the boat, the person or people. What are the requirements to be known as a "cruiser"? ...
Oh no here we go again...the "RULES" to be "REAL" cruiser.

I think by definition if you care about such RULES then you aren't. That's my RULE and I'm sticking to it. ;-)
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Re: Define "Cruiser"

I think of a cruiser as someone who refers to their boat when they say they are going "home" and not a particular on shore address.
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Old 29-12-2014, 17:22   #25
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When somebody asks me where I live, I've always found it delightful to be able to answer "Wherever the boat is".
Unfortunately I can't say the that all the time.
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Re: Define "Cruiser"

The way I see it:

If you live on a boat and keep it moving often enough to keep the barnacles from creeping up into the cockpit, then you must be a cruiser.

If you sniff your armpits before entering the next marina's watering hole, then you must be a cruiser.

If you have to head into the wind before hanging your laundry out to dry, then you must be a cruiser.

If the junk you've amassed on deck makes your boat look like a refugee camp, then you must be a cruiser.

If water slapping against a hull puts you to sleep in less than five minutes, you may not be a cruiser, but you should be.

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Re: Define "Cruiser"

Some answers here already-

"You might be a cruiser ....."

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Every time I pull into a dock the personnel address me as "captain". Hell, I dont even have a six pack - license or abs. Its all a matter of appearance. If you've got jerry jugs on deck, laundry on the boom, at least one solar panel, and been wearing the same shorts for a few days, you're a "cruiser".

A cruising lady once asked what a cruiser looked like. Like homeless people, I said, just like homeless people. Right down to that searching look on his face. But the homeless guy is searching for a meal or a bed, while the cruiser is searching for parts to fix his latest problem.
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"junk amassed on the deck" .... "laundry hanging from the boom" ...... "looking like a homeless person"?

These are not the people that I see cruising. These are the people that I see using boats as low income housing and not cruising anywhere!
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"junk amassed on the deck" .... "laundry hanging from the boom" ...... "looking like a homeless person"?

These are not the people that I see cruising. These are the people that I see using boats as low income housing and not cruising anywhere!
Not the people I've met out cruising either. I've been invited over to all kinds of boats, occupied by folks from just about everywhere, and have yet to see a cruisers boat that wasn't ship shape, well equipped, well maintained and an object the owner was very proud of.

Homeless bums.... not even close. Just the opposite.
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