My wife Cindy and I have been cruising since 1991, primarily on the Pacific NW coast and for shorter periods on big lakes like Lake Powell. First 7 years in an outboard
C-Dory 22, and the next 12 in a Bounty 257, a 26-foot planing hull
and sterndrive. So far we've traveled more than 32,000 miles, in about 1,100 days on the water
. Eight whole summers in the PNW, ranging from Puget Sound
as far north as Skagway and Glacier Bay. Also many other trips lasting 2 to 6 weeks. We anchor
in fairly to very remote
coves the majority of the time.
Since we live in Utah, a trailer boat is what works for us. If we were starting over, we'd probably consider the North Pacific
28, or something along those lines. We've come to appreciate traveling slower (and quieter), thoroughly enjoying the beauty all around us. Spending most of our time at 6.5 knots, our diesel
boat generally gives us 3.5 to 4 nmpg. Our little boats don't have grand lounging areas, and can't make long ocean passages, but they have made cruising (and fishing) affordable for us, and a whole lot of fun.
We've also done a few bareboat
sailing charters in the Abacos, and have one scheduled for the BVI in May. Bigger boats and the warm and mild weather
tend to spoil us, but we still love the Inside Passage
the best. Some cruising photos:
http://picasaweb.google.com/bounty257/C ... askaAndBC#