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View Poll Results: How do you sail/cruise
Sailing 90-100% of the time, Cruising 0-10% of the time 10 25.00%
Sailing 75-89% of the time, Cruising 11-25% of the time 5 12.50%
Sailing 50-74% of the time, Cruising 26-49% of the time 5 12.50%
Sailing 25-49% of the time, Cruising 50-74% of the time 7 17.50%
Sailing 10-24% of the time, Cruising 75-89% of the time 5 12.50%
Sailing 0-9% of the time, Cruising 90-100% of the time 8 20.00%
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Old 28-10-2020, 14:59   #1
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How do you use your boat?

I wanted to get an informal survey of how cruisers here are actually utilizing their boats. For the purpose of the poll, sailing is considered any sailing not in "protected water" (i.e. open ocean, between islands, on the windward side of an island etc.), and "cruising" is considered any sailing on the leeward side of an island (or similar conditions), time at anchor or on a mooring ball or in a marina, or hauled out.
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Old 28-10-2020, 15:26   #2
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Re: How do you use your boat?

That seems like a very odd distinction, and not one that corresponds with my understanding of the terms "sailing" and "cruising." Maybe you're refering to a very specific region where this makes sense? Remember, this is an international forum, with people cruising all over the place.
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Old 28-10-2020, 15:42   #3
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Re: How do you use your boat?

So if I am on passage offshore but there is no wind and I am motoring am I sailing for this poll?

I agree with Mike. It doesn't help answer any question I have. What is the question you are really trying to answer?
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Old 28-10-2020, 16:19   #4
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Re: How do you use your boat?

I'm going to assume sailing means in motion and cruising means not moving, enjoying scenery and drinking.

Eh, rough estimate, I think we've been in motion 29 days this year. Otherwise moored of some fashion. That puts me just barely into the bottom option. I would like it to be much more, but "work" gets in the way. It's a bad habit but pays the bills.
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Old 28-10-2020, 18:15   #5
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Re: How do you use your boat?

Sailing to me means propulsion by the use of sails only, regardless of location, cruising is the afore mentioned as well as motoring as needed, at least in my version of the word.

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Re: How do you use your boat?

Cruising to me is simply sailing with a single or series of destinations over more than a day or two, and the curious notion of whether it's a windward or a lee shore nearest has no bearing at all on whether it's "cruising" or not.

"Sailing", I would say is simply day-sailing out of the same port. 40+ years ago, we used to "cruise" for several days on 25 mile long Lake Lanier, GA near the OP in our Endeavour 32, anchoring in favorite coves then returning to Holiday marina.

But in '79, trucked it to Panama City, and with our two young teenage daughters, spent a wonderful year cruising the Keys, Dry Tortugas, Bahamas, then in and out the ICW as far N as Newport, RI and returned. That you could call a sho' nuff' cruise in the local dialect!
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That seems like a very odd distinction, and not one that corresponds with my understanding of the terms "sailing" and "cruising." Maybe you're refering to a very specific region where this makes sense? Remember, this is an international forum, with people cruising all over the place.
It was somewhat ambiguous.
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Re: How do you use your boat?

I sail my boat, sometimes in protected waters, sometimes not. When Iím sailing for other than a day sail I think Iím cruising. But I canít tell from your criteria what it is that Iím actually doing!
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Re: How do you use your boat?

I still don't understand what the OP is asking about, and it looks like (s)he is not going to explain. Ah well...

I generally like the poll questions. It's always interesting to get some sort of factual data about who is on CF. But if we don't have a clear question, it's hard to give a meaningful answer.

For me, cruising means living on the boat for extended periods while traveling over longish distances and longish times. Sailing is simply the act of moving a sailboat via sail. It has nothing to do with being in "protected water", or on which side of islands one sails.
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I still don't understand what the OP is asking about, and it looks like (s)he is not going to explain. Ah well...

I generally like the poll questions. It's always interesting to get some sort of factual data about who is on CF. But if we don't have a clear question, it's hard to give a meaningful answer. ...
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Even the percentages make no sense to me.
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Re: How do you use your boat?

Using the OP's definition I have a hard time seeing 90-100% sailing unless you are on a non-stop circumnavigation. He counts time on the hard and in a marina as "cruising". 90% requires 329 days/year in "unprotected" waters. And yet at least a third of (current) respondents put themselves in that category.

We averaged 10,000 miles/year over 3 years and 150 miles/day, that puts us at ~20% "sailing" and most of the long-haul cruisers we met thought 10k/year was pushing things.
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Re: How do you use your boat?

I live/cruise on my boat 100% of the time. But have no ida how that fits in the poll.
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I live/cruise on my boat 100% of the time. But have no ida how that fits in the poll.


Thereís a poll?

Stupid app, I never see the polls!
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This question could have been, "Do you ride a bus to work or pack your lunch?"
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