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Old 29-12-2014, 21:02   #31
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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.
Thats always a very difficult answer for me as well, especially in a professional context, until you realize that the other person asking is NOT a cruiser and therefore really doesn't give a crap.

I think being a cruiser includes several things:

-People ... who you are as a person, caring about other sailors, caring about the environment (or not), where you have been, people you have met. IMO Cruising lets you meet more people and develop deeper relationships that transcend most other forms of travel.

- Being on an open or accessible to the ocean body of water...

- Your mode of transportation... I think there are a lot of ways to get around and still be a cruiser. Think canal boats in Europe, or dugout canoes in the Amazon, sailboats or course, powerboats, houseboats... the point is you have some method of locomotion and use it. To some degree I consider former cruisers that moved back onto land into an RV to still be cruisers because they carry the attitude with them..
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Old 30-12-2014, 18:17   #32
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Obviously one would need a cruising houseboat rather than just a house on a pontoon but a voyage up and down (or down and up) the ICW would be a cruise and tha participants deserve to be called cruising houseboaters.
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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"

We pulled into a marina today, and up to the Local Yacht Club dock.. While tying the boat up, I Had a gentelman walk up to me and ask,
"Where's Your Home-Port" ?
I scratched my head for a second thinking and replied,
"I Don't Know"..
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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"

We pulled into a marina today, and up to the Local Yacht Club dock.. While tying the boat up, I Had a gentelman walk up to me and ask,
"Where's Your Home-Port" ?
I scratched my head for a second thinking and replied,
"I Don't Know"..
I understand how pleasant this thought of being a true rover and not having a home port can be. When a fellow cruiser says to me that they don't know the location of their home port I usually ask three questions.

Where is your doctor? Where is your dentist? Where is your bank?

These answers usually focus in on a "home port", but not always.
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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.
One of those times is with gov't officials. They really don't like nomads. I learned that early on, so keep a USA physical address and phone number.
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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"

We pulled into a marina today, and up to the Local Yacht Club dock.. While tying the boat up, I Had a gentelman walk up to me and ask,
"Where's Your Home-Port" ?
I scratched my head for a second thinking and replied,
"I Don't Know"..
That's becoming a puzzling question for me too. We cruise part of the year and land travel the rest. I spent 1 month at "home" this year. I'm not sure where home base is any more. :what:
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There's where you live and what your US legal address is, they aren't necessarily the same.
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Someone who does not need a watch....
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I understand how pleasant this thought of being a true rover and not having a home port can be. When a fellow cruiser says to me that they don't know the location of their home port I usually ask three questions.

Where is your doctor? Where is your dentist? Where is your bank?

These answers usually focus in on a "home port", but not always.
I don't have a dedicated doctor.

I kept the same dentist even when I moved to a house a 100miles away long before cruising. (it gave us an excuse to visit the old college haunts a couple times a year), so that has little to do with our home port.

I bank over the internet.

The closest we have is my sister's address on the drivers license but that is only because the state wouldn't accept a PO Box since we can't live the post office.

Until you start thowing qualifiers on, anyone who travels by boat in any form technically is a cruiser.
- There are houseboat cruisers who travel by houseboat
- There are motor cruisers who motor to destinations.
- There are weekend cruisers who only cruise on the weekends.
- There are liveaboard cruisers who have no other home and cruise.
- There are camp cruisers who cruise on small boats and set up tents on deserted beaches.
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- There are camp cruisers who cruise on small boats and set up tents on deserted beaches.
I thought they were called 'GAY'...
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I thought they were called 'GAY'...
Jeeez Boaty you are starting on those pints early, LOL
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Someone who does not need a watch....

When we first went out, I had two goals, To forget the days of the week and the weeks of the month.. Oddly enough, I reached the point once that I even asked the wife, "What Month Is This"
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When we first arrived in Southern Cali on the way to Mexico my ex removed my watch, asked me to leave it at the chart table, bright move on her behalf.
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Sorry. Couldn't help myself.
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