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Old 11-03-2010, 15:14   #1
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What Makes a Cruiser, a Cruiser

Recently on one of the topic threads, ity was mentioned that my boat didnt fall into a clasification as a cruiser........No Worries.. but I wonder. as we've lived aboard our boat for 7 years now and have traveled a few thousand miles, we're totally self contained, well stocked, and well sailed..
with plans to head out in the fall for parts unknown..
So, Is a Rose, a Rose, nomatter what color or shape it is....and by any other name, still a Rose....
And a boat used for cruising, not a cruising boat?????
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Old 11-03-2010, 15:17   #2
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Deeeeeeeep!
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Old 11-03-2010, 15:24   #3
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I'll say NO! (no reason just because). I think too many on this forum spend too much time concerned about others options and acceptance of such.
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Old 11-03-2010, 15:30   #4
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Well, there are those who say if you aren't in a full keel, gaff rigged, double ender then you don't have a cruising boat. Then there are those that try to adapt an ULD, deep draft, fin keel racer into a Bahamas gunk holing boat.

At the end of the day, if you have lived aboard for seven years and put a few thousand miles under the keel I would not worry too much about a label.

But if you have to ask, in my opinion, if you are cruising then you are a cruiser and your boat is a cruiser, even if you are in a row boat.
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We're wondering if our boat is cruiser?
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Old 11-03-2010, 15:48   #6
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All boats are cruisers. It's like buddhism, everyone is invited.
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A cruiser is... you know, kinda like, well .... a boat that cruises???? Maybe?
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I don't think your boat is a cruiser Randy. I think you and your wife and kids are cruisers. Your boat is only the tool that your using...
As said earlier- even a lifeboat is a cruising boat if someone lives in it.
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You ask is my boat a cruiser..yes...should you be cruising in it...yes

WHERE?

is the arguing point for most people it seems.
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We're wondering if our boat is cruiser?
It is if you cruise it.

Look at some of the "boats" that come from Cuba. If your boat is lightly built, you just need to choose your weather window more carefully & plan a shorter passage.
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It is if you cruise it.

If your boat is lightly built, you just need to choose your weather window more carefully & plan a shorter passage.
Now thats an answer...... and should be used whenever anyone asks, "What boat should I buy"
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I like sailing boats. And whenever I can see a sailing boat cruising I like it too. Somehow, cruising boats can be a disaster when they go sailing.

Or something like this.

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And a boat used for cruising, not a cruising boat?????
Cruising is entirely about showing up. Be nice if you looked nice and had extra beer but winning friends is another designation. If you do it long enough people catch the idea. If there were too many rules who would bother?
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Cruising is entirely about showing up.
Nicely put, Paul.
Indeed, I already seem to have stolen it.
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Having been here for 7 years and the stories told and the boats lost and found that come by these waters it comes down to simple truths. If you can get out there and stay there you are - really doing it. It's not about being better - ugly or not. A day on the water anyway you can is better than not. People come in all shapes and sizes with baggage to be sure.

Cruising won't make you a better person than you are, but you sure as anything can feel better about the whole situation. A change in attitude is all most people require. The rest were doomed from the start.
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