Tiger, the short answer is 'yes' - cruising sailors routinely leave their boats to travel inland. How they do this - and how they feel about it - obviously depends on the specifics of the circumstances.
The first asset that makes this possible is the cruiser grapevine; crews share info ranging from how much care is provided at a given marina to what's worth seeing ashore; it's very common for folks to share info via SSB
, cruising related pubs (e.g. Noonsite and SSCA Bulletins) and simple word of mouth and this could range from incidents of theft to weather
& anchorage conditions.
It's probably fair to say it's much more common for folks to park the boat in a marina when traveling inland, since the boat is usually more secure (re: security
& moorage). Some marinas
develop a reputation for this that overcome questionable conditions (e.g family
'marinas' on swift running tributaries of the Tiber where cruisers stop in order to see Rome and other Italian cities). OTOH there sometimes is no marina, or no berthing space available at those which exist, and one must leave the boat at anchor
. Either way, yachties will often pitch
in and boatwatch one another's boats to make travel possible...and sometimes, crews who are staying put for a while turn this into a small business. E.g. we left WHOOSH in the care of a young British woman, on the hook, in Luperon DR for some days while crossing the island to visit Santo Domingo, the first city in the New World.
Assuming there are inland sites you want to see, sometimes conditions just aren't compatible with leaving the boat. More often, when there are places to visit, there is a gaggle of fellow yachties there to see them along with you - and often, berthing options as well. Sometimes the limitation is not the security
of the boat but the size of your cruising kitty; inland travel can be relatively expensive. Other times - e.g. when visiting Tikal, the Mayan ruins in the Guatemala interior
- it's tough to put a price
on the experience!