So how far does one have to go and how long does one have to be aboard for the activity to be considered "cruising", as that term is used here?
I get the impression that the term usually implies living aboard
for extended periods and very long distances; i.e., international/transocean (or trans other large bodies of water). But what about doing basically the same thing ("living" on the boat) for short distances and short times?
My "cruising" grounds so far consist of the Chesapeake Bay
and surrounding rivers, bays, creeks, coves and inlets.
If I go out on the boat for a weekend, sail say 10 miles up to a nice little quiet anchorage, spend the night, then sail back the next day (I hafta work during the week, after all), is that "cruising"?
What if I took a 5-day trip up the Chesapeake and back - say, from my marina just off the Piankatank River up to Tangier Island and back?
It's highly unlikely that within the next several years I would be sailing to the Bahamas
or even anywhere outside the Chesapeake (although I could see heading down to the Core
Sound and Pamlico Sound if I could make that work). But I do plan on making as many trips as I can to explore the various parts
of the Chesapeake.
So - is that "cruising"? Maybe just on a much smaller and simpler scale...