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Coastal cruising - it's fantastic!

Published on 01 june 2016 at 0h00

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Coastal sailing, a new-found pleasure

Preparing your cruise, picking out the spots where you can stop, planning strategic breaks depending on the changes in the weather conditions, and above all, playing with the tide tables: coastal cruising isn't something you can do just like that. But this is actually one of the great pleasures it offers: it has to be earned!
Coastal cruising _ or coastal camping _ is, as its name suggests a cruise during which you sail along a coast in your little multihull (it can also be done in a monohull, but it's not as pleasant...). Your boat's shallow draft allows you to stop in creeks which are inaccessible to bigger cruising boats, and thus to enjoy some little corners of paradise, alone. As its liveability is often reduced to its simplest expression, the only solution at a stopover is to pitch the tent, either on the beach or on the boat's trampoline. And this way of cruising has (very) many advantages: you can change your cruising area as you wish, as these boats are easily transportable, they are not expensive, either to buy or maintain, and the cruises are really economical - as neither marinas nor excessive provisioning can be tolerated. In short, a pleasure for the leisure sailor!

Unfoundable creek without a coastal cruiser

A little creek which is inaccessible...except for a coastal cruiser!

Where and when to leave?

The advantage of this formula is that no destination is excluded... With the boat on the trailer, you can go where ...

This article appeared in issue 148. To read the article in full, buy this issue individually

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