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Old 19-01-2019, 09:11   #1
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Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

Am I still a cruiser if I live in the boat but never go anywhere? We arrived in St Martin 5 weeks ago and have no definite plans to leave yet. We’ve been doing various boat chores, little jobs like sanding and retaining the entire deck including non skid. Was think about redoing the soles next.

Have I devolved into a FLOATER?
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Old 19-01-2019, 09:52   #2
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

I call it cruising. Mostly though, I just call it life .

Two seasons ago we travelled down the St. Lawrence, putting on some 1800 nm of pretty challenging sailing. This past year we travelled 30 nm, sailing (actually motoring) to a nearby anchorage, and staying put till the air turned cold.

I don’t care what people call it. It’s all good .
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Old 19-01-2019, 09:57   #3
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

5 weeks isn't long enough. I'd say if you haven't moved in a year, then you're a floater.
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

It took us nearly six months to cruise three islands/six anchorages in the Marquesas. It's not about the number of places or distances covered but enjoying your time while there.
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

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Have I devolved into a FLOATER?
Are you enjoying life? if so then it doesn't matter. There was ice on the road when I rode to work on Thursday. Friday it was raining. If you are able to maintain a good life style in a nice place then enjoy. You don't have to do the mileage that the likes of Delos do each year.

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Old 19-01-2019, 14:38   #6
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Am I still a cruiser if I live in the boat but never go anywhere? We arrived in St Martin 5 weeks ago and have no definite plans to leave yet. We’ve been doing various boat chores, little jobs like sanding and retaining the entire deck including non skid. Was think about redoing the soles next.

Have I devolved into a FLOATER?
5 weeks! Still a cruiser till you don’t reslly care what’s growing on the bottom.
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Old 19-01-2019, 15:38   #7
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

5 weeks...thats nothing! I helped move a boat to Grenada a few years ago. As we entered the anchorage I noticed a familiar boat which belonged to a friend of mine about 15 years prior. I assumed it must have changed owners by now, but as we putted past...the owner I knew years ago popped his head out...wow a blast from the past! I dropped by later to chat. He said he had been there for 10 years now. In Grenada you mean? No, literally anchored right here in this spot! He had not moved in 10 years!
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Old 20-01-2019, 09:49   #8
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

In the PNW, a floater is what the city of Victoria releases into The Salish Sea 😉

Leads to large halibut though ...
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Old 20-01-2019, 10:25   #9
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I would say liveaboard, but as long as you’re not a dirt dweller you are still living the dream!
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

Does your boat still run? Are you spry enough to get it off the dock?

"Floaters" are boats or people who are no longer capable of leaving the dock.

Floaters eventually become derelicts. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of them (boats and people) in Mexico.

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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

If you got there on your own bottom and you'll leave the same way - whenever, you're a cruiser.
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Old 20-01-2019, 11:41   #12
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

I love to arrive at a destination Country and sometimes stay the whole cyclone season in one area. The wonderful thing about that is you end up meeting some really great people. To my mind thats when you are really experiencing the culture.
I will say I believe both the Carribean and Mexico can be traps that can and will easily keep you from world cruising.
As previously stated there are many types of cruisers. Myself...I am a slow cruiser. Left Seattle in 2010 and have only made it to Australia. I have lifelong friends in every one of those areas I slowly cruised.
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

Do you fit this definition of cruiser?

Cruiser : noun. Meaning , repairing a boat in exotic locations .
If it fits your still a cruiser and not a dirter.
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Old 20-01-2019, 12:24   #14
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Does your boat still run? Are you spry enough to get it off the dock?

"Floaters" are boats or people who are no longer capable of leaving the dock.

Floaters eventually become derelicts. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of them (boats and people) in Mexico.

Not just in Mecixo...
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I love to arrive at a destination Country and sometimes stay the whole cyclone season in one area. The wonderful thing about that is you end up meeting some really great people. To my mind thats when you are really experiencing the culture.
I will say I believe both the Carribean and Mexico can be traps that can and will easily keep you from world cruising.
As previously stated there are many types of cruisers. Myself...I am a slow cruiser. Left Seattle in 2010 and have only made it to Australia. I have lifelong friends in every one of those areas I slowly cruised.
Im a slow cruiser too, but even slower...left the USA in 2004...now in Panama. I prefer to really get to know an area, not just tick it off the list.

Polar oppossite would be the ARC World...they do a circumnav in 15 months!
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