Cruising doesn't necessarly mean crossing oceans. that aspect is probably in my past, but there may come a time to down size to a smaller more easily managed craft (trawler?) or just go part time and live ashore the rest.For some this could be the best of both worlds since when things get tiresome onboard one can retreat to a modest home (apt.?) ,keep the admiral happy,make some money
,and enjoy those things that are forbidden to full time cruisers.
I'm still in sailing mode ,but sold the steel
ocean basher to downsize to a camper cruiser (in my 50s) and had many memorable cruises in places where deep draft
prohibited or access was impossible without a trailer to get there. All the sailing adventure was still there in spades because a ho hum passage
in your steel
crab crusher will test your seamanship to the max in a more dainty craft.
Btw :I have since moved up again to a larger (contessa 32) so can still cruise
in an more open ocean enviornment but still own the little 900# sharpie on its trailer and am looking forward to cruising her again in more protected waters when age prevents adventures further afield. Peace.