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Old 11-05-2018, 12:50   #46
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:53   #47
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There are a number of power cruisers here so you should be fine.

The sailors dominate in cruising because it is generally much cheaper so do so on a sailboat. Most powerboats get in the 1-3nm/gal range. Motoring sailboats tend to get in the 6-12nm/gal range. Sailing they get 15000-30000 nm/gal (fuel evaporates, this is a nerd joke).

Some things like the ICW the sailboats motor 75% or more because channels are too constricted. For the GreatLoop a power boat is the preferred way to go.

For long offshore passages with questionable fuel supplies along the way sailing is the safer way.
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There are a number of power cruisers here so you should be fine.

The sailors dominate in cruising because it is generally much cheaper so do so on a sailboat. Most powerboats get in the 1-3nm/gal range. Motoring sailboats tend to get in the 6-12nm/gal range. Sailing ithe get 15000-30000 nm/gal (fuel evaporates).

Some things like the ICW the sailboats motor 75% or more because channels are to constricted. For the GreatLoop a power boat is the preferred way to go.

For long offshore passages with questionable fuel supplies along the way sailing is the safer way.
Absolutely ; welcome. Cruising is cruising, and most of us love all kinds of boats. Certainly, I do.

Motor boats are not necessarily more expensive to run than sailboats. Smaller sailboats with rarely replaced sails and rigging are pretty cheap, but the loads on sails and rigging go up exponentially with size, and with good sails, replaced every 10 or 15k miles, you're spending probably more than the cost to run a comparable interior volume trawler.
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Thanks, Ann! I ended up getting a motor yacht though, not a sailboat, so not sure if I still fit in here, as it seems mostly sailing-minded people on this site.
I appreciate you reviving the thread, as the situation sounds very familiar and the many replies are very valuable. Your quote in the signature is spot on as well.
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OMG! I started this thread in 2013 when I first opened my account here at Cruisers Forum, and never came back to discover all the WONDERFUL responses from you all! For that I dearly and most sincerely apologize! So many of you took the time to share your thoughts and words of heartfelt encouragement, and I never even saw them or acknowledged them. It’s too late tonight as I write this, to start replying to each and every one of you, but I plan to get back to you all as soon as I can.
I do want to let you all know, though, that I have since manifested my dream… It took a few more years, but I finally bought my first boat this past October!!! I am tucked into my aft cabin as I write this post!
Life is good... feeling blessed and blissful!
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You can have a dream til the day of your demise, but it's more fulfilling to have the memory instead ...

Your friends and family will be in awe of you ... or better yet ... jealous
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Wanderingloon! So happy you came back! I was just reading this thread and noticed later in it that it was from 2013! I then thought....oh my I hope she comes back to tell us what happened and there you are in the aft cabin writing!

You just made my day! Good to know the family didn’t have you locked up for being boat crazy!

With kindest regards and heartfelt congratulations!

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You can have a dream til the day of your demise, but it's more fulfilling to have the memory instead ...

Your friends and family will be in awe of you ... or better yet ... jealous
Most are in awe... and some jealous! ��
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Wanderingloon! So happy you came back! I was just reading this thread and noticed later in it that it was from 2013! I then thought....oh my I hope she comes back to tell us what happened and there you are in the aft cabin writing!

You just made my day! Good to know the family didn’t have you locked up for being boat crazy!

With kindest regards and heartfelt congratulations!

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Thanks much! I’m sure there are still a few who think of gone off the deep end, LOL. The fun part is, I don’t care, because I’m loving life and my dream come true!
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You have come to the right place; there are lots of crazy people here.
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good girl, im from michigan and used to sail a 16 ft Hobie cat around the great lakes but now am studying and saving to live aboard in the Caribbean for life. where in mich are you from?
Hi .... whereabouts are you in life? That is boat/water life-wise.
... are you looking to "pull the plug", on the sidewalk and grass mowing?

I have found two marinas on Lake Eries that presently allow winter on-water storage(read: I stay on the boat).

I've heard there are some similar places in the Detroit area too ....
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I've been reading, dreaming, studying, fantasizing, researching -- everything I can about living aboard -- for the past 3 years. The trouble is, I'm landlocked, have no experience, am female, single (recently divorced) and middle-aged (ugh!! I hate that term -- still feel 29!). But the sea is in my blood, and I know it's where I belong. I spent all my childhood summers on an island in Maine with my grandparents, I have my father's adventuresome spirit (he had his own sailboat and a plane) and my mother's strength and survival skills. I'm so ready to make that leap into the unknown that it's making me crazy! Actually, friends and family who see what direction I'm heading are beginning to question my sanity lately. ...And I don't care!!!
I'm just SO ready to find my boat and the life I'm meant to be living!

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You have come to the right place; there are lots of crazy people here.
LOL, i’m sure to most of the rest of the world, we’re all a bit loony! But we’re happy, so who cares?
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