Well, you know I'm not a multi-huller,so I won't even try to answer for them, or I guess I would be running with you for self preservation.I've been aboard a few multihulls at boat shows,and I really liked what I saw.I've never sailed on one,so I don't know how well I would like the sailing characteristics of one.Maybe one day I'll get a chance.
As far as how much money
it takes to go from point A to B, I asked that question some time back myself.Several long range cruisers were kind enough to point out to me that there are many variables,(how much you eat out,how much you dock
,etc,etc.) to really give a definite answer.One figure I've heard mentioned numerous times is $15K/yr. I think that's probably a modest estimate.I've also read where a couple managed on $50/wk. I guess there were plenty cans of beenie weenies in their cupboard.
Why do the long range thing? Well to me, it's the excitement of the many new land falls at strange,exotic places,and the freedom of being under sail.I've always loved to travel on land. Even though I was perfectly happy at home,I ran away when I was 11 years of age seeking adventure.I headed for the coast,stayed gone for a couple of weeks,then returned home to receive my just reward.My poor mother has been trying to understand her "problem child" ever since.The sea is a further extension of travel and freedom for me.The only comparisons I can think of in regard to the freedom under sail, are when I used to ride my purebreed Arabian horse across the ridges of Wyoming,or when I used to crank up a couple of different Harleys I've had and ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the NC mountains.The exhilaration I experienced doing those things was like injecting a straight shot of adrenaline to my soul.Sailing in open water is like that for me.
When chartering boats in the Caribbean
,there's a certain sweet musty,aroma you sense as you approach the islands.I suspect it's just the smell of the tropical land.Once you've smelled it,you never forget it.You desire to smell it again.As far as culture,meeting new and different people is interesting,and it gives you new perspectives concerning your own life,and how we all should fit in together on God's green/blue earth. While sailing in Greece
, the history
of the area,the food
,and culture were alluring.Each place I've gone,I've wanted more.The Keys,Bahamas,Abacos, they're all so different,the excitement of seeing a new island always holds the promise of new adventure.I could go on,an on, but maybe someone else will chime in here that has more sea miles than me