Originally Posted by Mike OReilly
Some of the time life on a boat does suck -- just like life on shore. This is why I say cruising is a lifestyle. It's not just being out on vacation.
This is why I say vacation and weekend sailing especially on a bay 30 miles wide fed by the Atlantic Ocean
can be a lot like cruising full time because you can get put in many of the same situations (closer to home) but for not quite as long.
Here you may not be able to recross the bay for a couple days due to weather
so you have to plan ahead a bit which isn't that hard because we can get the weather reports on VHF
Stuck in an anchorage with 20-30 knot
winds is still stuck in anchorage in 20-30 knot
winds whether you are cruising full time and "livin the dream' or whether you just had scheduled vacation during bad weather and went anyway.
At the least, it's good practice for cruising full time because it give's you some idea of what you could be in for without transitioning 100% to the cruising lifestyle.
Last vacation sail there was some weather but at least I was in decent spots to anchor
winds instead of onshore which had been my luck previously