Okay, I see the pattern. Just trying to get a quasi consensus. I really do not care if I am "blue water", "coastal cruising" or "day sailing". Trying to get a set of terms to use when out with a few folks that frequent the boat out on the water
While not on my sailboat when it happened, I have been far enough away from a land based VHF
station that the transceiver we had could not contact anyone. I agree, that is not really relevant though as it can happen even within sight of land.
We have taken the boat out far enough where land was swallowed by the horizon. At that point, I was not considering an insurance
definition of what type of sail we were performing. Now that it has been mentioned though, I guess it would be relevant should anything happen. We were certainly out past the 12 mile line, but still within a range that would could be back in the harbor within several hours.
I do appreciate the conversation here. Part of this is for my log as well. I will not be out so far as to not be able to get to safe harbor within a day on my current
boat. Not set up for that really. It is defined as a coastal cruiser by most, and that too folds in to my original inquiry. At what point am I beyond that description...
Again, thank you all for your input. It would indeed seem that there is a lot of grey in the discussion. Also, agree that the region around Oceanside where the boat is slipped is pretty calm 95% of the time. Most days are very light winds in the AM, a steady breeze in the second round of the clock and then tapered to about 0 after the dark sets in.